BC Advantage - 2018 Issue 9

Rhizotomy Procedures

The terms “rhizotomy” and “Radiofrequency Ablation” (RFA) both mean “destruction of a nerve.” Another term for this is “neurolysis.”  The CPT coding choices for a rhizotomy procedure reflect the methods chosen to destroy the nerve(s). Nerve Destruction choices include the following:1. Chemical Neurolytic Blocks - These require substances that are injected at the nerve to destroy them. Common substances used include the following (not an inclusive list): phenol, ethyl alcohol, hypertonic saline, and some others. This is an injection, either through a needle or a small catheter.2. ...

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