Neurodestructive Techniques

We rarely deliberately destroy primary motor or mixed motor/sensory nerves. We often use radiofrequency lesioning techniques of the spine, however, to treat known facet disease. Patients who are found to have facet arthropathy on imaging and/or physical exam (patients with exacerbation of pain on extension and facet arthropathy on imaging studies) are frequently treated with facet rhizolysis. This technique has an extremely high success rate and very low complications. We generally delay use of other neurodestructive techniques in the spine until all conservative therapies have failed. This is particularly true for patients who have long life expectancies.

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  • lorenza
    What is neurodestructive thermal rhizolysis?
    8 years ago

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