Spine Surgery/Laminectomy v. Rhizotomy


Lisa Serigny wrote at 2015-07-27 21:38:41
While it is best to direct these types of questions to your own personal doctor, I can tell you that my surgeon has elected to do a laminectomy with rhizotomy on me. I have facet joint problems, as well as herniated discs at L3, L4 and L5. It has caused severe pain in my low back, into my hip, and butt as well as into my leg. I also get the pain into my kneel my two big toes also have numbness. It has gotten painful to even walk. I guess since they did the medial branch nerve block and got desired results they feel confident the rhizotomy can be performed while they are doing the laminectomy. I hope and pray your procedure works for you. I know how tiring living with pain gets and I'm about at my limits right now. My surgery is scheduled for August 11th, 2015. I'm praying and expecting good results after the healing process.  

Spine Surgery

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Jerry Ryan, Ph.D.


I am a C5-7 quadriplegic resulting from a rollover auto accident in 4/94. Prior to that injury, I had a L4-5 fracture that caused low back and leg pain. Although I have served as a member of trauma/transplant surgical teams from Walter Reed Army Medical Center to Oregon Health Sciences University, I am not a physician and cannot diagnose conditions nor prescribe treatments or medications. However, I can make recommendations and refer you to appropriate information sources for the proper courses of action.


Having served as the President and Hospital Liaison for the Oregon Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, I have extensive knowledge of spinal cord injuries, spinal surgery of various types, complications such as autonomic dysreflexia and pressure sores, mental health issues related to spinal cord injury, and the common medications used by paraplegic and quadriplegic individuals. In addition, I was a member of surgical trauma/transplant teams in several medical centers across the nation including Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Oregon Health Sciences University. I performed in that capacity for over 20 years.

Paraplegia News - PN magazine Accord - The Journal of Quadriplegia of Australia

Baylor University/US Armed Forces Institute of Health Sciences - Surgical Technologist credit hours, 1976 Associate Degree in Applied Science - Computer Assisted Drafting and Design, 1990 Bachelor Degree in Natural Health, 2000 Master Degree in Natural Health, 2001 Doctorate in Natural Health, 2005

©2017 About.com. All rights reserved.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]