The spinal column consists of 24 separate “free” vertebrae (neck, thoracic and lumbar spine) and the sacrum and coccyx. The facet or zygapophyseal joints link the separate vertebrae at the back, one on each side of the spinous process. Degenerative and/or inflammatory processes in these joints can result in pain that may be restricted to the joint structures, but may also spread to the neighboring nerve branches and extend as far as the back and thigh.
Endoscopic minimally invasive treatment of the facet joint (Zygapophyseal Joint)
MultiZYTE® RT is an instrument set for endoscopic minimally invasive treatment of the facet joint. The nerve fibers causing pain are identified and selectively treated. The tissue is spared thanks to the endoscopic procedure, and muscles and ligaments are prevented from damage. This means that the stability of the spine is maintained.
Inflamed facet joint as a cause of back pain
Depending on the indication, also the joint capsule can be treated during the same procedure. The joint is punctured, infiltrated or tissue removed by means of various instruments (forceps, shaver blades, RF probes).
The MultiZYTE® RT animation shows the endoscopic Rhizotomy.
1Bennett, M. Endovienna 2012; ClinicalBackground No 14 (joimax GmbH)