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See how a facet thermal ablation is done by some of St Louis’ most skilled surgeons at Laser Spine Institute

As we age, nearly every part of our anatomy begins to change, degenerate and weaken. For the spine, this is manifested in multiple ways, one of which is in spinal arthritis or facet disease. As the joints and nerves begin to degenerate, people may experience intense pain and limited ability to move comfortably. Though these conditions are not always symptomatic, they can have a devastating impact on a person’s ability to enjoy life. Although there is no known cure for arthritis, we understand living in pain is debilitating and that any level of relief is often appreciated. For that reason, we offer the facet thermal ablation procedure.

Performed through an incision smaller than an inch, this procedure allows the surgeon to access the damaged area of the spinal column and gently deaden the impacted nerves, helping to relieve the patient’s pain and discomfort . During the procedure the surgeon is also able to clean out the surrounding areas of the canal, preventing future compression or impingement.

Conditions treated by facet thermal ablation

Most commonly, the two conditions treated by our minimally invasive facet thermal ablation are arthritis of the spine and facet disease. These conditions can cause pain and symptoms in some cases, making life uncomfortable. Common symptoms include:

  • Localized pain in one area of the neck or back
  • Radiating pain
  • Stiffness
  • Inability to turn or move freely
  • Weakness
  • Tingling
  • Numbness

If you are suffering from arthritis of the spine or facet disease that is causing you to miss out on the life and activities you love, do not wait for relief. Contact Laser Spine Institute today to see if you may be a candidate for our minimally invasive facet thermal ablation at our St. Louis center.