What is DISC Nucleoplasty?
Disc decompression has been shown to treat symptoms caused by contained herniated discs. DISC Nucleoplasty is the latest scientific advance in performing disc decompression. The DISC Nucleoplasty procedure uses a minimally invasive catheter to create an accurate one-millimeter pathway into the disc.
Figure 1 Perc-DLE™ SpineWand™
To perform the procedure, a micro-engineered alloy transmitter is introduced into the disc while the patient is awake, requiring only a topical anesthetic and light sedation. Radio wave signals are sent through the transmitter into the jelly-like nucleus of the herniated disc. The radio waves produce a low-temperature ionized gas that breaks up molecular bonds in the spongy nucleus, removing tissue volume.
Figure 2 – Perc-DLE™ SpineWand™ removing tissue in nucleus of disc
When the injection procedure is complete, the transmitter is withdrawn. The removal of nucleus tissue relieves pressure on the disc shell, typically allowing the bulge to recede so that the disc no longer irritates the adjacent nerve root.
Figure 3 – Decompressed disc with nerve root compression relieved
Normally, the entire procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes, and the patient is ready to walk out of the clinic in about an hour with no hospital stay required. DISC Nucleoplasty percutaneous disc decompression is designed to offer a fast-acting option to drug therapies and steroid injections, on the one hand, and a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery, on the other.
Clinically Proven Technology
The DISC Nucleoplasty procedure uses an FDA-cleared device, and is a clinically proven treatment with over 20,000 patients treated. The radio wave technology used in DISC Nucleoplasty was developed by ArthroCare, and has been used successfully for years in over two million procedures such as knee and shoulder surgery and tonsillectomy.
Using the same proven technology, DISC Nucleoplasty percutaneous disc decompression reduces the volume of the spongy nucleus within the herniated disc. The disc typically returns to a more natural shape, and the source of nerve root irritation is either minimized or eliminated in most cases, allowing the patient to resume their life.
General Pre/Post Instructions
You should have nothing to eat for seven hours prior to your procedure. Clear liquids can be taken up to four hours prior to your procedure. Please take your routine medications (i.e. high blood pressure and diabetic medications) with a sip of water at your usual time. If you are on Coumadin, Heparin, Plavix, or any other blood thinners you must notify the office so the timing of these medications can be explained. For your own safety, if you do not follow the above instructions your procedure may be cancelled. A driver must accompany you and be responsible for getting you home. No driving is allowed the day of the procedure.