What Percutaneous Discectomy?
Percutaneous discectomy is an effective, minimally invasive procedure designed for lower back pain associated with a lumbar herniated disc. Pain is alleviated with this procedure due to decompression of the spinal discs and facet joints.
Percutaneous discectomy is performed under live X-ray guidance by a single probe. The probe is placed through a needle inserted in the affected disc. The goal is to remove a small amount of nuclear disc jelly from the herniated disc. The removal decreases the pressure inside the disc and leads to relieved pressure transmitted to the nerve.
What are the Benefits and Risks of a Percutaneous Discectomy?
Percutaneous discectomy is considered a low-risk pain management treatment that decreases pain, improves mobility and eliminates the need for traditional back surgery procedures. The procedure is also linked to less scarring in patients.
The most common complaint individuals express is mild back pain at the injection site following the procedure. Some patients may experience spinal cord compression, bleeding or infection.
If you suffer from a lumbar herniated disc and want more information on percutaneous discectomy, contact OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine® located in the Arlington, Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas area.