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Rhizotomy
It is the destruction of the nerves in the facet joints, normally by burning them with radiofrequency current.

Objective
To improve pain in instances of facet joint degeneration.

Theoretical base
There are no nerves in the cartilage of the facet joint. These are located in the bone placed underneath. This is why joint degeneration may not cause problems until the bone is affected. When this occurs, pain nerves are activated, with the subsequent onset of pain.

Conceptually, rhizotomy aims at destroying the nerves in the facet joint to eliminate pain sensation. It is usually performed by burning the joint nerves. Obviously, this procedure is only considered in those cases in which pain is due to activation of these nerves by facet joint disorders.

However, each facet joint enfolds nerves from two, and in some individuals three, different vertebral levels. Thus, for example, the facet joint between the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae may receive nerves that originate from, for example, the third, fourth and fifth lumbar level. Therefore, nerve destruction of only one of these levels may have no effect, or have a temporary effect until the remaining nerves take on its nerve field.



two weeks of escalating pain, then two weeks after I'll know if it worked...if not I go through the whole process again for the RIGHT side of my spine...

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good luck Pete, hope you get feelin well soon
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My day yesterday...

two weeks of escalating pain, then two weeks after I'll know if it worked...if not I go through the whole process again for the RIGHT side of my spine...
That's when you know it is time for eggnog!!!
Get well Pete, Merry Christmas, and good health in the new year!

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Hope you recover quickly and don't have to do it twice. Take care and best wishes for a speedy recovery and Merry Christmas and brighter pain free New Year!

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Pete,

That doesn't sound like any fun at all.

Sure hope that you heal fast and alll goes well.

Best for a very happy New Year,
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Hey Pete,

It's been a couple of days...how are you feeling? I have a keen interest because I am heading in a similar direction with my lower lumbar. I've had cortisone injections twice (the second time, last week, hurt like a son of a gun...due to a some needle poking on the sciatic nerve). I hope you are feeling better and that this is the ticket for you.

In case you don't know about the below site...check it out.
You'll go into the next Dr. visit knowledgeable...and that is important.


Spine Universe:
http://www.spineuniverse.com/

Facet Rhizotomy:
http://www.spineuniverse.com/display...rticle200.html

God's speed in recovery and results, Tom


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PERCOCET! Get well soon!

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