Percutaneous Discectomy (Percutaneous Disc Nucleoplasty)

Percutaneous discectomy is a minimally-invasive pain relief procedure that uses a small needle and advance radiofrequency technology to reduce or remove a herniated disc that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord.

How is Percutaneous Discectomy Performed?

This is an out-patient procedure in which patients are given relaxing medicine and local anesthetic. After anesthetic is injected to numb the area, small, hollow needle is inserted through the back and into the herniated disc. Fluoroscopy, or live x-ray, is used to guide the needle placement. Then, a radiofrequency probe is inserted through the cannula and into the disc, sending pulses of radio waves to dissolve a portion of disc nucleus. Because only enough of the disc is removed to reduce pressure inside the disc, the spine remains stable and the herniation is reabsorbed. The empty space created by the probe allows the disc to reabsorb the herniation.

What should be expected?

Patients usually experience immediate pain relief after the procedure. Patients may also experience quick recovery and minimal scarring. Most patients may return to daily activities within one to six weeks.

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