There are three types of facet procedures:
A minimally invasive procedure is performed by a medical team. Rather than surgery, the procedure is done through a small needle, usually guided by a real-time x-ray or CAT scan. The procedure takes 10-30 minutes to perform with almost no recovery.
For most procedures, you will be given a sedative or medicine to make you sleepy. You will spend about a half an hour in recovery. Many patients do not remember the injection. Eliminating joint pain can help you recover…
Yes, the procedure will help the other treatments be more effective.
Swelling can develop in the joint, injecting medicine into the joint can reduce that swelling. If the joint is damaged and painful, cutting off the pain signals from the joint can allow your spine to move normally again. If you have joint pain in your spine, these procedures can be 80- 90% effective.
Yes, most insurance plans have coverage for facet injections. If you have an HMO plan, you may need to get additional authorization from your family doctor. The specialist who performs the procedure will work with your family doctor to get insurance authorization.
The Centeno Schultz Clinic
403 Summit Blvd Suite 201
Broomfield, CO 80021
“We did the right knee in March 2007. I was off my feet for about an hour after each of the treatments, but that was it. No long recovery time, no time off from work – it was great. The cartilage began to grow back, and the knee was feeling much better, so we did the left knee in October. Since about two weeks later, I haven’t had any pain at all in either knee for the first time in 10 years. It’s fantastic.”
— Kenvir Dixon
I’m back to my conditioning classes, doing squats, lunges, jumping rope and even a little bit of jogging. My knee feels, looks and works better every day. I’m definitely looking forward to the winter and getting back on my snowboard as soon as I can.
— Pixie Greenmeier