Intradiscal Regenerative Medicine

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Percutaneous discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat herniated disks. The goal of the procedure is to relieve pain by removing pressure on the nerve root. During percutaneous discectomy, a small incision is made in the back, and a thin tube called a cannula is inserted into the space between the vertebrae. Using fluoroscopic guidance, the surgeon then inserts a needle-like device through the cannula and into the herniated disk. The disk is then fragmentized with heat or laser energy and removed through the cannula. Percutaneous discectomy is generally safe and effective, and most people experience significant relief from their symptoms after the procedure. Recovery times vary depending on the individual, but most people can return to their normal activities within a few weeks. However, it is important to note that percutaneous discectomy is not a cure for herniated disks, and there is a risk of recurrence. If you are experiencing pain from a herniated disk, talk to your doctor to see if percutaneous discectomy might be right for you.

Identify and Treat your back pain with disc decompression

A herniated disc can negatively affect your ability to perform everyday activities. If your discomfort isn't improving with conservative treatments—bed rest, pain medication, stretching or cold and/or heat therapy—disc decompression may be your best option. It has a high success rate, low complication rate and is

What are some symptoms and causes that may require disc decompression?

Leg Pain Symptoms

  • Usually occurs in only one leg

  • May starts suddenly or gradually 

  • May be constant or may come and go

  • May get worse when sneezing, coughing or straining during bowel movements 

  • May be aggravated by sitting, prolonged standing and bending/ twisting 

Nerve-Related Symptoms
  • Tingling ("pins-and-needles" sensation) or numbness in one leg
  • Weakness in one or both legs
  • Pain in the front of the thigh 

What are the benefits of Percutaneous Discectomy?

  • Significant pain relief

  • Reduced use of pain medication 

  • Return to previous levels of activity 

  • Less scarring 

  • Quick recovery 

  • Low complication and morbidity rates 

What are the results compared to surgery?

  • Decreased complication rate compared to open surgical discectomy

  • Lower re-herniation rate compared to open lumbar discectomy

The procedure and what you can expect

Your doctor uses an imaging study (like an MRI or CT) to confirm a diagnosis. These tests help determine the location of the herniated disc and whether disc decompression is the most appropriate treatment.
 If you are a good candidate, your doctor will ask you for the following information:
 -Current medications, including herbal supplemnts and their dosages 
- Known drug, iodine, x-ray dye or latex allergies 
-Current health conditions 
 A doctor may advise you to: 
 -Abstain from aspirin, ASA- containing product (including Alka-Seltzer or Pepto-Bismol) and herbal remedies for five days before your procedure 
 -Abstain from ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for three days before your procedure 
- Abstain from eating or drinking for at least six hours before your procedure, except necessary medications with sips of water 
- Wear loose-fitting clothes that are easy to take off/put on 
- Arrange for someone to drive you home