Facet Thermal Ablation (FTA)

What is Facet thermal ablation?

Facet joints are the joints in your spine that make your back flexible, and enable you to bend and twist. Facet Thermal Ablation uses a laser to deaden sensory nerves that are irritating the facet joins, causing pain.

During the facet thermal ablation procedure, surgeons vaporize irritated and painful nerves around the facets of the vertebrae, removing pain-inducing tissue in nerve branches above and below the affected facet joints on the spine.

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Reasons for the procedure

The most common symptoms of this spine condition include:

  • Acute pain — Facet arthritis may cause localized pain in the neck or lower back where the joints are affected. The pain can be random and intermittent, ranging from almost constant to just a few times a month.
  • Persistent tenderness or pain — One of the most common symptoms of facet arthritis is a continual tenderness at the site of the arthritis.
  • Limited movement and flexibility — Often arthritis in the facet joints will cause limited movement and stiffness in the spine. You might experience more pain bending backward than forward.
  • Radiating pain — You may experience pain in your buttock and leg if your facet arthritis is in your lower spine. Likewise, if the facet arthritis is in your cervical (neck) spine, you may experience radiating pain in your shoulder and arm.

 

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The first in Texas to perform micro-endoscopic laser spine surgery with an incision as small as 3 mm, Dr. Won advises multiple international spine technology companies and has helped design many groundbreaking tools for the minimally invasive spine surgery industry.

Dr. Won also innovated the Pain Mapping procedures, this diagnostic study helps to pin point the pain generator so that we can provide the least invasive spine procedures, LuMINI.

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