What is Lumbar facet joint rhizotomy?

Category: Procedures


Generic name: Rhizotomy

A rhizotomy is a neurosurgical procedure that selectively severes problematic nerve roots in the spinal cord, most often to relieve the symptoms of neuromuscular conditions such as spastic diplegia and other forms of spastic cerebral palsy.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain in lower back 4 3
Facet joint osteoarthritis 1 1
Neck pain 1 1
Pain 1 0
Pain in right leg 1 2

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lumbar facet joint rhizotomy

Side effect Patients
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 0
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