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ICD-9-CM 84.8

Facetectomy is a surgical procedure which involves decompression of a spinal nerve root. For example, it can be performed in severely resistant cases of cervical rhizalgia, where the cervical nerve roots within the intervertebral foramina are decompressed.[1]


  1. ^ Knight G (August 1955). "Facetectomy in the Treatment of Cervical Rhizalgia". Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine. 48 (8): 595–7. PMC 1919197Freely accessible. PMID 13254725.