Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Lumbar Facets

Minimally Invasive Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Lumbar Facets


During this minimally-invasive procedure, the physician uses heat from radio waves to treat painful facet joints in your lower back. This procedure is also called radiofrequency rhizotomy. It can treat pain that doesn’t respond to medications or to physical therapy.

At Axis Brian & Back Institute, we understand and can help the pain that you are going through. We specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery which is specially constructed to treat spine conditions with a lower infection risk and shorter recovery times than more traditional open back and open neck surgeries. Our patients will attest that we have helped provide solutions after years of chronic pain that took away their ability to perform even basic functions every day.

About Minimally Invasive Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Lumbar Facet

This procedure is performed through a small incision made in the front of the neck, similar to many of the other minimally invasive surgeries that we perform. The surgeon will move aside structures in the neck in order to get to the spine, followed by a removal of the damaged disc with the aid of a special x-ray. Following the removal of the disc, a bone or small titanium place is inserted, holding the bones in place while the vertebrae heal.


Frequent Symptoms Helped by Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Lumbar Facet

Though herniated discs and degenerative disc disease cause symptoms which can change depending on the severity of the condition, there are some general symptoms that often see relief from this procedure.
– Numbness and tingling – Often, patients are experiencing numbness or tingling in the arm and fingers due to the impacted nerve in the neck. This could be similar to what it feels like to lose circulation to the arm.

– Arm pain – The nerve which is affected by the damaged disc often leads to a shooting pain in one arm. This pain can travel all the way from the shoulder down through the fingers. Often, this is accompanied by a pain in the neck along with the radiating pain the arm.

– Weakness – It is possible that the affected nerve is not able to signal the muscles in the arm the way it normally would, causing a general feeling of weakness.

If you are experiencing chronic neck pain and/or any of the symptoms listed above, contact our team at Axis Brain & Back Institute and get BACK@IT. You don’t have to miss out on life’s greatest moments because of pain. Schedule your free MRI review today!



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