rhizotomy

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rhizotomy

[rī′zäd·ə·mē]
(medicine)
Surgical division of any root, as of a nerve. Also known as radicotomy.
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We recommend rhizotomies for children who are usually 5 to 8 years old, who have good strength in their legs and are ambulatory and are less affected from the waist up.
Anderson's range is impressive -- from commonplace procedures such as laparoscopy cholangiograms and hip pinnings all the way to radio frequency rhizotomies and Omaya Reservoir placements.
After too many years of uncontrolled spasms, megadoses of oral antispasmodics, and six percutaneous thermal rhizotomies, he was ready to undergo a more-dramatic, nerve-destroying surgical procedure, even if this meant potentially sacrificing sensation and the sexual function he had below his injury site.