Spinal disk decompression, also known as Percutaneous Discectomy, is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat painful intervertebral discs in the spine. The procedure is performed by physicians or spine surgeons, is less invasive, has rapid recovery and can be a very effective treatment compared to the open surgical procedures.
Many spinal decompression systems are operated by the use of a computer, allowing the health care provider to adjust the amount of traction force, the angle of traction provided, or the amount of time the traction force is applied. General anesthesia is not required and therefore the recovery from the procedure is rapid.
Disc decompression helps in relieving pressure on the nerves in the back, decreases pain and improves the disc function.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM DISC DECOMPRESSION TREATMENT
The patient will be placed in prone position. Than a cannula or needle is going to be placed into the painful disc to remove the Nucleus Pulposus material. The Dekompressor Probe removes material from the center of a painful intervertebral disc. Disc material is then removed from the tip of the Dekompressor probe.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE DISC DECOMPRESSION TREATMENT
The recovery after the procedure is quite rapid and since it is performed without general anesthesia, the patients can walk and go home within hours after the procedure. Most patients return to work and their regular daily activities after one week to 10 days. Physical therapy may be recommended to help strengthen the weakened back or leg muscles.