Also known as Facet Thermal Neurotomy, this procedure aims to treat arthritis in the spine. Your spine has a series of facet joints on the outside of your spinal cord that lay closest to your skin. These facet joints allow the spine to bend and move in a full range of motion. When you have facet arthritis, that means you have arthritis in the joints that allow your spine to move comfortably. Often, this can result in pain, stiffness and loss of motion.
Our facet thermal ablation procedure uses a laser to eliminate the arthritis in the facet joints of the spine. Our surgeons create a small incision and use a laser to deaden the nerves that are being compressed by the arthritis in your joints. The minimally invasive techniques used in this procedure allow our surgeons to treat your spine condition without affecting the surrounding muscles and nerves, thus resulting in a shorter recovery time.