Percutaneous Disc Decompression
Percutaneous Disc Decompression is a minimally invasive treatment that can provide more long-term relief for back pain and leg pain resulting from a herniated disc than traditional, non-surgical treatments. Percutaneous Disc Decompression is a popular option because it can treat a herniated spinal disc effectively without open surgery.
A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America revealed that patients who received Percutaneous Disc Decompression continued to improve 1 and 2 years after treatment. Decompressing the nucleus of the disc is a proven technique for relieving disc herniation and for treating the pain symptoms it causes. Similar to letting air out of a bicycle tire, removing tissue from the center of a disc causes a reduction of pressure within the disc. This, in turn, leads to a reduction in the pressure that the disc applies to other parts of the body, such as nerve roots or the spinal cord. Percutaneous Disc Decompression only requires a topical anesthetic and light sedation. Normally, the entire procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes.