This minimally-invasive procedure is performed through a tubular device. It is designed to relieve pain caused by herniated discs pressing on nerve roots. This surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, which allows the patient to leave the hospital the same day.
This technique is vastly more effective than pulsed or continuous radiofrequency rhizotomy to help resolve back pain. The anatomy of the dorsal ramus innervating the facet joint varies and does not always follow the course on the sensory nerve in the literature. The nerve can be found in the foramen or as it crosses the transverse process to the facet.
There are pros and cons to every treatment option and your options for back pain often depend on individual factors such as your health, your type of pain, and what course of action your physician feels would have the greatest benefit and success for you.