Rhizotomy in Frisco, TX

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What Is Rhizotomy?

A rhizotomy works by destroying the nerve that is connected to the facet joint, stopping the signals that are causing pain. At Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine, Dr. Jerry Lewis performs Frisco rhizotomy procedures as a way to identify and treat back pain that may be caused by a condition in the facet joints. A rhizotomy is typically performed after a diagnostic test procedure such as a facet & medical branch block.

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If you have tried other, more conservative pain management for your back pain, a rhizotomy could be an ideal next step. At Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine, we take each situation case by case to create an individualized pain management plan. If you are found a good candidate for a rhizotomy, you may have persistent pain in your back, neck, legs, or abdomen. We can use this procedure to help dull your nerves and provide a return to the life you want to lead, unhindered by your chronic pain.

Back pain is insufferable and not a condition you should have to live with. At Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine, rhizotomy helps our Frisco, TX patients benefit from a number of factors, including:

  • Relatively simple and quick procedure
  • Nearly immediate pain relief
  • Long-lasting results
  • Treatment that can be repeated when nerve endings grow back

What to Expect with Rhizotomy

A rhizotomy is typically performed after a diagnostic test procedure such as a facet block or a medial branch block. Most often another form of treatment, such as a facet block, will be tested as a form of pain relief before a rhizotomy is suggested.

A rhizotomy is an outpatient procedure and the patient is put under general anesthesia. Dr. Lewis will use the fluoroscopy to place the needle in the correct nerve. The electrode connected to the needle will then emit heat caused by radiofrequency energy. The heat cauterizes the nerve root, which stops pain transmission from the nerve.

Following procedure, Dr. Lewis will provide appropriate aftercare instructions. Patients may be monitored for some time but are typically able to return home on the same day or the next day. The length of time that the results remain effective will depend on the procedure that was performed as well as the patient and any underlying conditions.

A follow-up appointment with Dr. Lewis may be required so that he can evaluate your treatment plan as necessary.

He did my rhizotomy and Dr Lewis and his staff were excellent! I would recommend him to anyone needing pain management.

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Very caring and through, He did my rhizotomy and Dr Lewis and his staff were excellent! I would recommend him to anyone needing pain management.

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A condition that affects the facet joints can involve debilitating pain throughout the back, neck, and shoulders. Dr. Lewis provides both diagnostic testing and treatment in order to alleviate pain and allow patients to experience comfortable movement.

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How painful is a rhizotomy?
Your provider will utilize local anesthetic and numbing agents during your procedure to avoid any direct pain. As your body heals, you may expect some bruising, swelling, and soreness at the surgery site. Ice and over-the-counter pain medications will help you manage any discomfort in the days following your rhizotomy.
How successful is a rhizotomy?
As with any surgery, outcomes can vary. Some patients experience more relief and some patients receive relief for longer periods of time. However, typically, the vast majority of patients report a significant amount of pain relief that can last for up to 5 years.
Is a rhizotomy the same as a nerve block?
Nerve blocks are temporary relief of pain caused by anesthetic. In contrast, a rhizotomy permanently dulls nerve endings that may be causing unnecessary chronic pain. In fact, a nerve block will be done along with your rhizotomy to prevent any pain this procedure may cause.
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.