The procedure is called Percutaneous Discectomy. It is performed
under x-ray using local anesthetic (sometimes with light sedation)
and is much less invasive than traditional surgical treatments.
What type of pain can be treated?
Low back and leg pain.
How does the procedure work?
The Dekompressor™ percutaneous lumbar discectomy probe removes disc tissue
relieving painful pressure on the surrounding nerves.
Will the procedure hurt?
There should be no pain generated by the Dekompressor probe. This
advancement in technology requires only a tiny puncture in the
skin; similar to a simple
How long does the procedure take?
The total procedure time is generally 15 to 30 minutes.
What physician training is required to perform this procedure?
Board certification in a specialty such as interventional pain management,
orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, or physiatry is typical. Physicians should
be experienced with discography.
Can my pain be cured?
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.
Before your procedure
Here are some guidelines to help you prepare for your procedure. Your physician
may recommend other specific instructions.