This is a procedure to treat a herniated disc. That’s a bulging disc in your spine. Getting rid of the bulge can relieve pressure on your nerves. It can relieve pain in your lower back and your legs.
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Many patients suffer from herniated discs in the back (aka sciatica). A herniated disc can be a source of severe pain that radiates into the arm or into the leg. It can also be associated with numbness, tingling, pins and needles, or weakness. A herniated disc can often be a source of severe dysfunction, including many days missed from work. Simple tasks like walking, standing, and sitting can seem like an impossible task.
Typical medical treatments include physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, and pain medications. In severe cases surgery is recommended. Percutaneous Discectomy is a minimally invasive alteranative to open or endoscopic spinal surgery. What makes it different than traditional surgery is there is no incision, no general anesthesia, and no prolonged recovery. Procedure is done outpatient with light sedation.
After a dignosis of herniated disc is confirmed on MRI, an epidural steroid injection is done to reduce the inflammation around the irritated nerve root. If pain relief is inadequate a percutaneous discectomy is scheduled.
A small tubular device called a STRYKER DEKOMPRESSOR is used to enter the disc. A small amount of herniated disc material call nucleus palposus is removed. This results in the decompression of the herniated disc and pain relief. This procedure is not for everyone with a herniated disc. But if appropriate for your condition, it presents a great minimally invasive option.
This review is on behalf of Ping Meng. According to her, she says the doctors are very nice and she appreciates the kindness towards the patients. The pain injection does work. For her it was 80-90% better after the injection. Highly recommended!!Ram Muruganandan