An effective non-surgical treatment for those experiencing back pain as a result of a herniated disc. This needle based procedure requires no incision and uses a local anesthetic to numb the skin down to the nerves. The physician slides a needle through the skin and contrast solution is injected so the physician can use an fluoroscopic guidance to visualize the affected areas and assure correct placement of the needle. Next, a small instrument equipped with a probe, known as a cannula, is inserted into the herniated disc. The excess disc material is evacuated through the cannula, reducing the size of the disc. This reduction in disc size decompresses the surrounding spinal nerves and alleviates pain.
Cervical percutaneous discectomy is performed as an outpatient procedure using a non-surgical approach at Regency Healthcare's state of the art surgical practice. Patients will not need to stay overnight and will be able to leave the surgical practice the same day. Depending upon the severity of the condition, more than one level of the spine may need to be treated.