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Facet Joint Rhizotomy

At Spine Surgery Associates, our pain management procedures are performed Board Certified Pain Management Physicians to maximize relief and minimize your recovery time.

Facet Joint Denervation, also known as “Radiofrequency Denervation”, is a non-surgical procedure to treat chronic back or neck pain as a result of arthritis is the facet joints of the spine. The facet joints are the joints that connect the bones of the spine and provide stability. Over time, these joints can deteriorate and compress the nerves of the spine causing significant back and neck pain.

During Facet Joint Denervation, a hollow needle is placed between the facet joints and a catheter is then inserted. The catheter rests on the nerve that is causing pain and is safely heated. This heat causes the deadening of the nerve and ceases the sending of pain signals from the nerve. The deadening of the nerve causes no functional deficits as it is not responsible for any motor functions.

Facet Joint Denervation is a safe alternative to surgery and can be used to treat a variety of conditions as a result of Degenerative Disc Disease. Facet Joint Denervation is performed as an outpatient procedure under light sedation or a local anesthetic by Spine Surgery Associates team of Board Certified Pain Management Physicians. This non-surgical approach uses fluoroscopic guidance to ensure accuracy. At Spine Surgery Associates, we utilize both surgical and non-surgical approaches to comprehensively treat chronic neck and back pain.