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Facet Rhizotomy (Lower Mainland) [English] Permalink Public

The facet is the joint on the side of each vertebra. A rhizotomy (say rye-zot-oh-mee) is a procedure to cut or sever the nerve root at certain facets. The procedure uses high-frequency radio waves to create a heat that destroys the nerve. We call this radiofrequency ablation (say ah-blay-shun). This pamphlet describes the procedure, who will be performing procedure, how to prepare, what happens during procedure, will it hurt?, how long it will take, risks or complications, what happens afterwards, follow-up instructions and information on who to contact if experiencing problems. (English) Colour

Catalogue Number:
Body Location:
  • Bones, Joints, and Muscles,
  • Brain and Nerves
Diagnosis and Therapy:
  • Rehabilitation and Recovery,
  • Surgery and Procedures
Disorders and Conditions:
  • Pain
  • Pain,
  • Joint,
  • X-ray,
  • Anesthetic,
  • Spine,
  • Diagnostic,
  • Nerve,
  • Radiology,
  • Ablation,
  • Xray,
  • Spinal,
  • Medical,
  • Block,
  • IR,
  • Imaging,
  • LML,
  • Freezing,
  • Fluoroscopy,
  • Facet,
  • Rhizotomy
  • All
  • Lower Mainland Medical Imaging
Revision Date:
November 19, 2019
Reproduction Rights:
Image: CC BY 3.0 / staff (2014). "Medical gallery of Blausen Medical 2014". WikiJournal of Medicine
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