Back pain is a problem that plagues many Americans. It's estimated that around 2% of all workers' compensation claims list back pain as the cause. In many cases, back injuries can be effectively treated with conservative therapies. However, when people experience more severe back pain or pain that lingers, it's time to explore more aggressive treatments. Percutaneous discectomy using the Dekompressor is a minimally invasive yet highly effective treatment option.
What Is Percutaneous Discectomy?
Disc herniation is among the most common back pain causes. The result of disc herniation that does not heal is chronic pain that can often be debilitating.
You have discs between each vertebrae that provide cushioning to your spine. These discs have a jelly-like center surrounded by a tougher outer layer. When this outer layer deteriorates, the inner layer can push outward. This, in turn, can put pressure on nearby spinal nerves, which can lead to chronic back pain.
Within the past 10 years, percutaneous discectomy has joined the growing category of minimally invasive procedures to treat contained disc herniation. The Dekompressor probe was designed with the help of leading experts in the field to provide quick relief for individuals suffering from disc-related back pain.
The Dekompressor can be used in the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar regions of the spine. It removes quantifiable disc material for better results. Because this instrument has a range of canulla sizes, your doctor can regulate the amount of material that is removed.
This procedure shrinks or removes the material around herniated discs that cause back pain and inflammation. The result is a decrease in pressure on the nerves. In studies, 80% of individuals who have had this procedure report that their pain has been relieved. Additionally, people who have this instead of surgical treatments experience less scarring and fibrosis after treatment.
How Is Percutaneous Discectomy Performed?
The Dekompressor discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure. It is performed using X-ray guidance on an outpatient basis.
Before the procedure, you will be given a sedative to help you relax during the procedure. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area where the procedure will be performed. After the area is numb, a needle or probe is inserted into the affected disc.
Heat or radio waves are then used to shrink the disc and remove any disc material that can be putting pressure on nearby nerves.
This procedure takes around 30 minutes. You'll be able to go home within a few hours of the procedure.
The most common side effect experienced after percutaneous discectomy is tenderness at the site of the procedure. Ice packs and heat packs at the procedure site can ease any discomfort. You should rest and limit your physical activity for about a day after your procedure. While every person's recovery is individual, most people are able to get back to their normal work and recreational activities within about a week after their procedure.
Conditions Related to Percutaneous Discectomy
Generally, this procedure is recommended for people who have suffered from back or leg pain for at least six weeks due to undue pressure on a nerve. Candidates for percutaneous discectomy will have suffered back pain from disc herniation that has not responded to conservative approaches like ice, heat, medication, and physical therapy.
People who have decreased mobility caused by osteoporosis or other degenerative diseases can also benefit from percutaneous discectomy. When damaged disc material is removed, pressure on the surrounding spinal nerves is reduced. The result is a reduction in pain.
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