How It’s Done
Normally taking about 20 to 30 minutes to perform, a percutaneous disc decompression requires light sedation and the application of a topical anesthetic to ease discomfort. As the patient remains awake, a micro-engineered alloy transmitter is placed inside of the disc that’s causing a patient’s pain. A special camera (fluoroscope) guides the doctor to the correct location. Some forms of the procedure are performed through a needle or catheter.
What It Means for Patients
Radio wave signals delivered to the inserted transmitter produce ionized gas. This low-temperature gas gently breaks molecular bonds in the center of the disc. The result is a less bulky disc, which reduces the overall size of the disc. For patients, it often means relief from radiating nerve pain when the nerve root is no longer irritated by the disc. Many patients also benefit from:
- Same-day relief of painful symptoms
- A faster return to normal activities
- Very few risks or potential side effects