Lumbar Rhizotomy

Lumbar rhizotomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat chronic lower back pain by cutting the sensory nerve roots that transmit pain signals from the lumbar spine to the brain. The procedure is typically performed through small incisions in the lower back. It is used when other treatments for lower back pain, such as medications and physical therapy, have failed to provide adequate relief.

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Lumbar Rhizotomy Treated Conditions

  • Arthritis – Arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its tissues, leading to inflammation, swelling, pain, and joint stiffness.  
  • Herniated discs – Herniated discs happen when the gel-like center of a disc pushes through a weak area in the rigid outer wall. ​This can cause various symptoms depending on where the affected disc is located. By interrupting the transmission of pain signals from the damaged disc to the brain, lumbar rhizotomy is an effective way to reduce pain. 
  • Spinal stenosis – Spinal stenosis is when pressure is put on the spinal cord, and nerve roots as the space around the spinal cord become more constricted.  
  • Degenerative spine conditions – Degenerative spine conditions develop as the discs, joints, ligaments, and bones within the spine degrade over time.  
  • Trigeminal neuralgia – Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain disorder affecting the trigeminal nerve, which transports sensation from your face to your brain. It is often described as a severe, stabbing or electric shock-like pain that typically affects one side of the face. The pain may be triggered by things like eating, drinking, talking, or even touching your face, and it can last for a few seconds or several minutes. 
  • Pain in joints – When the cartilage or cushion between joints breaks down, this can lead to bone rubbing on bone, causing joint pain and discomfort.  
  • Other conditions affecting the peripheral nerves – Physical trauma, nerve compression, autoimmune diseases, metabolic problems, and infections are some other disorders that might impact the peripheral nerves.  
  • Spasticity – Spasticity occurs when muscles contract tightly and cannot be relaxed. It is a symptom of certain neurological disorders and can cause pain, stiffness, difficulty with movement, and other physical and psychological issues.  

Why Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers?

At Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers, we offer cutting-edge Lumbar Rhizotomy treatment to relieve chronic lower back pain. Our experienced pain specialists utilize the latest techniques and tools to ensure the best possible outcome for our patients. Our comprehensive approach to pain management is highly-rated throughout the New Orleans and Metairie area. 

Lumbar Rhizotomy FAQ

The recovery period from a lumbar rhizotomy varies from patient to patient, depending on their health condition. Generally, it can take 4 to 6 weeks for a patient to full recover from the procedure thoroughly.  

A lumbar rhizotomy is a surgical procedure done under general or local anesthesia, so you do not feel any pain during the procedure. However, some patients may experience some discomfort after the procedure, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. 

It is not necessarily recommended to have a lumbar rhizotomy multiple times, as the risks of the procedure increase with each repetition. It is essential to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor beforehand to make an informed decision about treatment. 

Yes! Walking is typically encouraged as part of the recovery process, as it can help to promote circulation and prevent blood clots. However, depending on the severity of your initial condition, it may take some time to regain full mobility and strength. Always discuss potential outcomes with your doctor to create a plan to address your situation effectively.