About Percutaneous Discectomy
Percutaneous discectomy, also called percutaneous disc decompression, is a minimally invasive procedure our physicians perform to relieve pressure and pain in the spine resulting from damaged intervertebral discs. These spongy discs serve as shock absorbers between the bones of your spine (vertebrae) and enable you to move your back with proper function. As we age, the intervertebral discs begin to lose water and often become brittle, leading to deterioration. These discs may also bulge or rupture, which increases pressure on adjacent nerves and other tissues. In some cases, damaged discs can heal and resolve on their own through rest and physical therapy sessions. Without proper treatment and care, however, many patients may experience numbness, pain, or weakness in the back, legs, or arms. Tricity Pain Associates is pleased to offer percutaneous discectomy for advanced cases of damaged intervertebral discs. This procedure can relieve pain and pressure within the spine, allowing you to enjoy greater comfort in your daily life. Reach out to our South Austin or Round Rock, TX facility today and find the solutions you need for better-quality living.
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Performed under local or general anesthetic, discectomy is an outpatient procedure that generally takes around 30 minutes to complete. Once you are comfortable, our specialists will begin the procedure by inserting a tube-like needle into the affected intervertebral disc. A decompression device will then be threaded through the needle into the disc, allowing our specialists to remove damaged tissues and relieve pressure within the area. While you should not experience any pain during the procedure, you may notice pressure in the treatment area. We will monitor you for a short time before releasing you to go home.
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