Endoscopic Nerve Rhizotomy (Radiofrequency)
Endoscopic Nerve Rhizotomy is a highly effective yet minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of low back pain caused by arthritis. Once your physician has determined your pain is related to arthritic facet joints, this procedure may be used to relieve the pain.
It is an outpatient procedure lasting less than an hour, which involves placement of a slender tube, an endoscope camera, to burn the tiny nerve that allows you to feel the pain from your joint arthritis. The relief can last more than 2-5 years, and post procedural pain is minimal.
Endoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation - Post Operative Instructions
Incision Care: If there is a dressing, you may remove it on the morning after surgery BEFORE your shower. If Surgical Glue is used expect it will slowly peel off within 14 days. Please call us with any changes or concerns such as: redness, swelling or drainage at incision site, or temperature greater than 101°. (Clear liquid drainage in the first 24 hours is normal).
Bathing: You may shower the morning after surgery after the dressing is removed; avoid scrubbing the incision site for the first 5 days. No baths or swimming until approved by the physician or physician assistant at your follow up appointment.
Exercise: Increase your light activity each day, such as walking, as tolerated.
Driving: You may drive the day after the procedure if you feel okay to do so. Do not drive if you are taking pain medications.
Diet: Eat a healthy diet to promote healing.
Smoking: Avoid smoking. Smoking decreases the rate of bone and skin healing and also interferes with the effectiveness of pain medication.
Follow-Up: You may experience soreness in your back for up to 2 weeks. You will have a post-operative appointment approximately 2 weeks after surgery.
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