Percutaneous discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure designed to address spinal conditions related to the intervertebral discs. It offers a less invasive alternative to traditional spine surgery for individuals experiencing pain and other symptoms due to disc-related issues.
What is Percutaneous Discectomy?
Percutaneous discectomy is a spine procedure performed to treat conditions affecting the discs, including herniated discs or disc protrusions. The term “percutaneous” refers to the method of accessing the spine through the skin, without the need for large incisions.
During the procedure, specialized instruments are used to remove or reduce the problematic disc material that may be compressing spinal nerves and causing pain or discomfort.
What Conditions Does Percutaneous Discectomy Treat?
Percutaneous discectomy is an effective treatment for various conditions involving the intervertebral discs, such as:
- Herniated disc: When the inner part of a disc protrudes through the outer layer, it can cause pressure on nearby nerves, resulting in pain, numbness, or weakness. Percutaneous discectomy can alleviate these symptoms by removing or reducing the protruded disc material.
- Degenerative disc disease: Degenerative disc disease refers to the gradual wear and tear of the spinal discs over time, leading to pain and reduced mobility. Percutaneous discectomy can help manage pain associated with this condition.
How is Percutaneous Discectomy Done?
- Anesthesia: You are typically positioned lying face down on the procedure table. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area where the procedure will be performed.
- Needle insertion and positioning: Using fluoroscopy or other imaging guidance, a needle is inserted through the skin and directed to the affected disc under X-ray guidance. The needle is positioned at the affected disc, and specialized instruments, such as lasers or suction devices, are threaded through the needle.
- Removal of disc material: Various instruments are used to remove or shrink the problematic disc material, aiming to reduce pressure on the spinal nerves.
The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, and patients can usually return home the same day.
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Percutaneous discectomy’s effectiveness in relieving pain and discomfort associated with herniated discs, and degenerative disc disease makes it a valuable tool in the field of spine health. If you are experiencing symptoms related to spinal disc issues, consulting with an expert of the spine to explore the potential benefits of percutaneous discectomy for your specific condition is crucial. Call today to schedule an appointment with our team of experienced spine doctors.SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION