How Is A Percutaneous Discectomy Performed?

How Is A Percutaneous Discectomy Performed?

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  • Percutaneous discectomy is a minimally invasive surgery that removes herniated disc material from the spinal canal.
  • There a few different ways a percutaneous discectomy can be performed; with a laser, suction or by cutting out damaged disc material.
  • The pain management specialists at American Spine explain how percutaneous discectomy is performed.

Percutaneous discectomy, although similar to other minimally invasive spine surgeries, requires a different set of tools and techniques to effectively remove damaged disc material. This procedure may require a surgical tool called a Dekompressor, a laser, or partial suction to reduce pressure and alleviate pain in the spine.

Prior to performing the procedure, an American Spine physician will perform a series of tests to determine whether or not percutaneous discectomy is right for you. An ultrasound, MRI or CT scan may be administered to determine the location and cause of your pain. Once the cause has been identified and you’ve been cleared for percutaneous discectomy, your surgery will be scheduled.

On the day of your procedure, a local or general anesthetic will be administered to minimize pain and discomfort. Shortly after, a small incision (approximately 6 to 9-millimeters long) will be made and a probe will be inserted into the incision using fluoroscope guidance. The probe emits heat or electrical currents and removes disruptive spinal disc material. After the damaged disc material has been removed, the incision will be closed and you will be moved to an area to recover. Physicians may use a laser or suction instead of a probe to perform this surgery.

Patients typically return home one to three hours after surgery. Some pain, tenderness and bruising may be present several days following the procedure. Although recovery times vary from patient to patient, most people return to work and other light activities after a week. 

This procedure provides many benefits, some of them being: a shorter recovery time, less blood loss, decreased pain, increased mobility, less scarring and fibrosis, and a lower risk of complication. If you are suffering from back or neck pain, get it checked right away! Doctors may be able to perform this minimally invasive procedure before the condition worsens and requires a different, more invasive approach.

Call American Spine today to discuss whether or not percutaneous discectomy is right for you!

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.