A percutaneous discectomy is a minimally invasive spine procedure used to relieve pain caused by a herniated disc and pinched nerve. There is minimal risk involved in this procedure, and patients report significant back pain relief. This procedure can be an alternative to open discectomy that is traditionally performed by a surgeon. Learn more about the discectomy procedure and when it can be used to treat back pain:
A percutaneous discectomy is performed to remove part of a herniated spinal disc when that part of the disc is impacting a nearby spinal nerve root. This is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, meaning there is no overnight hospital stay required. Here’s how the procedure works:
You will be given medication to combat the post-operative pain, and your physician may also recommend a physical therapy routine to aid in your recovery. As the name suggests, this procedure is minimally invasive, and requires no muscles or bones to be cut. Consequently, patients recover quickly and return to normal activities after one to six weeks of recovery.
If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of a herniated spinal disc (back pain, leg tingling), a discectomy could help you avoid long-term consequences and get back to living your life to the fullest. Make an appointment with Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of Minnesota today to see if this procedure can help you. Fill out our contact form or give us a call at (612) 20-SPINE.