What is a Rhizotomy?
Rhizotomy can be used for the treatment of severe joint pain. Joint pain can be treated by using the radio frequency waves to ablate the specifically identified nerves that surround the facet joints. Radio frequency waves heat up the nerve surroundings due to which nerve gets ablated and they can no longer send signals to the brain.
Physicians identify which nerve is causing pain by injecting local anesthesia into the nerve. If the local anesthesia injection helps in pain relief, then an electrified hot probe is inserted to the nerve which ablates the nerve and destroys its ability to transfer pain signals. This whole process is known as rhizotomy.
How to prepare for a rhizotomy?
- Before rhizotomy, you must ask The Pain Relief Centeror your physician for detailed instructions on whether you can eat something before rhizotomy or not.
- Discuss whether you can take your medications before rhizotomy or not if any.
- Make sure you bring someone with you because rhizotomy requires the use of local anesthetic.
What to do after a rhizotomy?
However, you may experience some discomfort right after the rhizotomy. Bruising, swelling or soreness at the injection site are the most common effects,butmost patients can get back to their normal routine within 24-48 hours.
However, sometimes your back may be sore for a few days,but you can use cold therapy and non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory drugs to ease post-procedure symptoms. Soon, you will be able to notice the decrease in your pain.
It is best for you to get a treatment from The Pain Relief Center; they will provide you with allthe details for what you should and shouldn’t do before and after the procedure. Their expertise will help you in any way possible to assure your safety.