About Percutaneous Discectomy
A percutaneous discectomy, also known as percutaneous disc decompression, is performed as a way to reduce pressure off of an injured and damaged intervertebral disc. As the round, spongy cushions within your vertebrae, intervertebral discs help to absorb shock and allow for the flexible movement of the spine. During the natural aging process, the discs can begin to become fragile with decreased water volume. In some instances, the disc could have already ruptured or protruded out from their proper place, creating pressure on surrounding nerves. When not treated properly, a damaged intervertebral disc can result in pain and discomfort, weakness, and numbness in the back and extremities. In some less severe cases, the disc could have the ability to heal on its own with a good amount of rest and physical therapy; however, a percutaneous discectomy may be necessary for more advanced cases. At Tricity Pain Associates, our team of experienced pain management specialists provides percutaneous discectomy procedures as a way to reduce the amount of pressure on the discs and offer the ability to live more comfortably. Contact our Kyle, TX facility to learn more and to schedule an initial consultation with one of our skilled physicians.
With the use of either general or local anesthesia, a percutaneous discectomy is performed as an outpatient procedure, taking about 30 minutes to complete. To begin the procedure, a needle will be inserted into the intervertebral disc. A small probe is then placed through the needle into the disc, and the affected bone and ligaments are removed from the protruding or herniated disc to decrease pressure on the intervertebral disc and surrounding areas. Though you should not experience any pain during the procedure, you may feel some pressure.
Learn more about percutaneous discectomy by contacting Tricity Pain Associates in Kyle, TX to schedule a consultation at our facility.