Now there’s a new option for patients suffering from low back and leg (radicular) pain due to contained disc herniations, especially for those who have failed conservative treatments and are interested in trying minimally invasive options prior to considering traditional back surgery.
The procedure is called percutaneous Discectomy. It is performed under x-ray using local anesthetic (sometimes with light sedation). It is much less invasive than traditional surgical treatments.
Low back and leg pain due to contained disc herniations.
The DEKOMPRESSOR discectomy probe removes disc tissue which may relieve painful
pressure on the surrounding nerves.
There should be no pain generated by the DEKOMPRESSOR discectomy probe. This
advancement in technology requires only a tiny puncture in the skin; similar to a simple injection.
The total procedure time is generally 15 minutes to 1 hour.
Board certification in a specialty such as interventional pain management, orthopedic surgery,
neurosurgery, radiology, or physiatrist is typical. Physicians should be experienced with discography.
In some cases, pain may be eliminated. In most cases, percutaneous discectomy followed by
appropriate follow up care will reduce pain to a tolerable level.