It is a procedure performed to reduce the size of a contained herniated disk. The procedure provides relief of low back pain and pain radiating into the legs related to herniated disks that have not improved from other non-surgical treatment options.
How is it done?
Local anesthesia and IV sedation will reduce discomfort during the procedure. Under x-ray guidance, your physician will place an access needle into your disk; a probe will then be inserted into the disk through the access needle. The probe removes disk tissue, which may relieve painful pressure on the surrounding nerves.
How long does it take?
The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes with an additional 30 to 45 minutes of recovery time.