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Percutaneous Discectomy Specialist Q&A

Percutaneous Discectomy Specialist Q&A

A minimally invasive treatment called a percutaneous discectomy is done to treat a herniated disc. Rather than making an incision, the method makes use of a tiny needle to access the disc. Patients frequently report notable symptom improvements, such as decreased pain, improved mobility, and improved quality of life. Speak with Dr. Michael S. Slobasky, DO, DABPMR, if you’re having symptoms associated with problems with your spinal discs. For more information, contact us today or schedule an online appointment. We have convenient locations to serve you in Orlando FL, Jensen Beach FL, Malabar Palm Bay FL, Atlantis FL, Fort Pierce FL, Winter Park FL and Plantation, FL.

Percutaneous Discectomy Specialist Near Me in Orlando, Jensen Beach, Malabar Palm Bay, Atlantis, Fort Pierce, Winter Park and Plantation, FL.
Percutaneous Discectomy Specialist Near Me in Orlando, Jensen Beach, Malabar Palm Bay, Atlantis, Fort Pierce, Winter Park and Plantation, FL.

Table of Contents:

What is the purpose of a percutaneous discectomy?
How safe is percutaneous automated discectomy?
Is a percutaneous discectomy considered surgery?
How long does it take to recover from a percutaneous discectomy?

What is the purpose of a percutaneous discectomy?


A percutaneous discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure performed to address and alleviate the pain caused by herniated discs. During this procedure, only a portion of the herniated disc that is irritating a nerve is removed.

Discs function as shock absorbers for the bones in the spine, and when the outer layer wall of a disc weakens, it can result in herniation. This herniation can then irritate and compress the nerves that travel to other parts of the body.

The percutaneous discectomy involves using a small needle to reach the disc, guided by imaging technology. A probe with a rotating tip is then inserted through the needle, removing small portions of the disc nucleus and allowing the disc to reabsorb the herniation, relieving pressure on the nerve as a result.

The procedure is designed to be highly effective in helping patients achieve significant pain relief while ensuring the spine remains stable, as only a portion of the disc is removed.

How safe is percutaneous automated discectomy?


Percutaneous automated discectomy is a highly safe and effective procedure due to its minimally invasive nature. The procedure involves the use of a small needle to access the disc, thereby avoiding large incisions. This technique is guided by advanced imaging technology, and a probe with a rotating tip is inserted through the needle to selectively remove small portions of the disc nucleus.

This method reduces the risk of scarring and minimizes recovery time, allowing patients to return home within hours after the procedure and resume normal activities and work typically within three to five days.

Additionally, percutaneous automated discectomy is successful in reducing pain and providing lasting relief while restoring any lost function and helping patients avoid an over-reliance on pain medications and potentially unwanted side effects.

Is a percutaneous discectomy considered surgery?


Percutaneous discectomy is considered a surgical procedure; however, it is minimally invasive. It involves the removal of disc material that is pressing on a nerve to provide relief from pain. This type of surgery uses small instruments inserted between the vertebrae and is typically guided by X-ray imaging to ensure accuracy. The targeted approach allows for the disc material to be removed effectively, reducing the volume, and allowing the disc to return to its original shape or using other techniques like lasers to remove or alter the disc tissue.

Percutaneous discectomy can provide significant pain relief for individuals experiencing pain associated with herniated discs. Due to the small incision required and minimally invasive techniques, it is associated with a minimal recovery period compared to more comprehensive surgical interventions.

How long does it take to recover from a percutaneous discectomy?


Recovery from a percutaneous discectomy varies based on individual circumstances, including overall health and lifestyle, as well as the extent of the procedure performed.

Typically, the recovery period is quite minimal due to the procedure’s minimally invasive nature. Patients are generally able to return home the same day of the procedure and may resume their daily activities within three to five days.

Providers at the Global Neuro & Spine Institute give detailed aftercare instructions to patients, which include restrictions on twisting, bending, lifting, and sitting for prolonged periods over several weeks to ensure proper healing.

Physical therapy is often recommended to help patients restore strength and full range of motion and to prevent the problem from recurring. Aftercare instructions may involve the brief use of medication for pain management as needed.

The procedure itself is quick, typically taking about 30 to 45 minutes to complete, depending on the complexity and the specific technique used.

Percutaneous discectomy is available at the Global Neuro & Spine Institute. For more information, contact us today or schedule an online appointment. We serve patients from Orlando FL, Conway FL, Edgewood FL, Jensen Beach FL, Ocean Breeze FL, Rio FL, Malabar Palm Bay FL, Melbourne FL, Atlantis FL, Palm Springs FL, Boynton Beach FL, Fort Pierce FL, White City FL, St Lucie FL, Plantation FL, Pine Island Ridge FL, Lauderhill FL, Winter Park FL, Bertha FL, Alafaya FL and surrounding areas.

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