A common source of pain in the neck, lower back, arms or legs is a herniated disc. The soft, rubbery pads (discs) between the bones (vertebras) of the spinal column can weaken with age, improper lifting and repetitive activities. The herniated disc treatment, DISC nucleoplasty, performed at OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine may be a pain management solution for patients in the Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas area.
What is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc in the neck or back refers to an issue with one of the discs between the vertebras that create the spine. A herniated disc occurs when some of the center nucleus pushes through the outer edge of the disc and back toward the spinal column. A herniated disc can cause arm or leg pain, numbness or tingling and weakness in patients. Many herniated discs occur in the lower back, although they can occur in the neck.
If a herniated disc cannot be treated with simple measures such as rest, a cold compress or medication, a DISC nucleoplasty may be the correct herniated disc treatment option.
What is DISC Nucleoplasty?
DISC nucleoplasty is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure used to decompress herniated discs in the neck or back. This herniated disc treatment is designed for patients who did not respond to conventional treatment methods.
DISC nucleoplasty uses a small needle that emits radio waves to shrink the herniated disc by dissolving excess tissue. The pressure is then relieved inside the disc and on the nerves responsible for causing pain. Patients are finished with the procedure in less than an hour.
During the procedure, patients can expect:
- A guide pen to be inserted and positioned in the herniated disc area
- A catheter is then inserted through the needle and into the disc
- The catheter tip then generates a radio wave in the disc
- The radio wave dissolves disc material causing the disc to shrink to original size
- A bandage is then placed over the needle insertion area
What are the Benefits of DISC Nucleoplasty?
This particular herniated disc treatment greatly limits the risks associated with traditional open back surgery. Complications are rare with this procedure. Some patients may experience increased symptoms for up to 10 days as the disc heals. Please contact OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine if you would like more information on DISC nucleoplasty.