Life and Everyday

Rhizotomy time

Yup…what  word huh?  So I got the results of my MRI back today.  I have a “tremendous amount” of arthritis in the last two vertebrae next to my tailbone.  Soooo….

This is what I will be having done…….. rhizotomy (/raɪˈzɒtɵmi/ ry-zot-ə-mee) is a term chiefly referring to a neurosurgical procedure that selectively destroys problematic nerve roots in the spinal cord, most often to relieve the symptoms of neuromuscular conditions

The terms rhizotomy and neurotomy are also increasingly becoming interchangeable in the treatment of chronic back pain from degenerative disc disease. This is a procedure called a facet rhizotomy[2] and is not a surgical procedure but is instead done on an outpatient basis using a simple probe to apply radiofrequency waves to the impinged pain-causing nerve root lying between the facet joint and the vertebral body. Such radio frequency nerve lesioning results in five to eight or more months of pain relief before the nerve regenerates and another round of the procedure needs to be performed.


Who wants to go with me?  I am a bit freaked out!!!


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