National Pain Institute offers rhizotomy for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. The minimally invasive spine surgery reduces chronic pain symptoms by stopping nerves from sending pain sensations to the brain.
What Is Rhizotomy?
Rhizotomy is a minimally invasive spine surgery that we recommend at National Pain Institute as a long-term solution for chronic pain. The procedure works by severing the nerves that are transmitting pain signals to your brain. Once the pain is under control, you can focus your energy on rehabilitating your body and remedying the underlying cause of your pain.
What Are the Benefits of Rhizotomy?
Rhizotomy is recommended for patients who do not respond well to conservative treatments for chronic pain, as well as those who wish to reduce their use of prescription pain medications.
Am I a Candidate for Rhizotomy?
During the consultation, we review your medical records and symptoms, as well as performing a thorough physical examination to determine the nature of your chronic pain. Rhizotomy may be recommended based on our findings.
How Is Rhizotomy Performed?
Rhizotomy involves inserting a needle into the soft tissues to access the nerve roots. We use fluoroscopy to visibly determine the position of the needle. Once we are satisfied with the orientation, we administer thermal energy to sever the nerves. You may feel a slight sensation of heat each time the thermal energy is used.
What Is the Recovery Like After Rhizotomy?
We will ask you to remain in our recovery for a short period so that we can monitor your vital signs and comfort level. You can return home to rest for the next 24 to 48 hours. You should notice a significant decrease in chronic pain.
What Is the Prognosis After Rhizotomy?
The body does reproduce nerve cells in areas where they are needed. You may have new nerves develop in the months after your rhizotomy procedure. We can treat these nerves with subsequent rhizotomy procedures. Continue to work with your primary physician and specialists to address the condition that is causing your chronic pain, as this may extend the length of time during which the rhizotomy works to relieve chronic pain.
At National Pain Institute, our team of pain management physicians offers rhizotomy for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. The procedure destroys the nerves that send pain signals, so you may experience greater comfort after the procedure. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.