Percutaneous discectomy is a minimally invasive spine procedure that is often used to treat herniated discs in the lower back. During the procedure, Dr. Nasiek uses specialized instruments to remove the damaged disc material, relieving pressure on the nerves and reducing pain and other symptoms.

The procedure typically takes less than an hour to complete and is performed under local anesthesia, so the patient is awake but feels little to no pain during the procedure. The surgeon makes a small incision, typically less than 1 cm, and uses a guide wire to insert a thin tube or needle into the affected disc. Using imaging technology such as fluoroscopy, the surgeon guides the instruments to the correct location in the disc, removes the damaged material, and may use a small device to seal the hole in the disc.

The benefits of percutaneous discectomy include:
  • Less pain and scarring: Because the incision is small, patients experience less pain and scarring compared to traditional open surgeries.
  • Shorter hospital stays: Patients usually go home the same day or the day after the procedure, which can reduce the cost of the procedure and improve recovery time.
  • Faster recovery times: Patients typically return to work and regular activities faster than with traditional open surgeries.
  • Effective for many patients: Percutaneous discectomy has been shown to be effective for many patients with herniated discs, and has a low complication rate.

It's important to note that while percutaneous discectomy can offer several benefits, it may not be appropriate for all patients and conditions. Dr Nasiek can help determine whether this procedure is right for you.

If you are suffering from pain and other symptoms due to a herniated disc in your lower back, a percutaneous discectomy may be a good option for you. It is a safe and effective procedure that can provide significant relief from your symptoms and help you get back to your regular activities faster than with traditional open surgeries.

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