Previously, large incisions were performed to treat sciatica, by removing the part of the intervertebral disc that causes compression and reduce pressure on the disc and nearby nerve roots. As we are living in the age of technology, in present times the surgery is done with relatively smaller incisions using a visual aids to view the surgical access straight to the disc. Also for many individuals there is even more nominal surgical methods are introduced. The nerve decompression is carried out percutaneously with the help of a needle. The percutaneous discectomy is beneficial for the patient suffering from herniated disc where the split is not seen on the outer part of the disc
The percutaneous discectomy is no new technique, however an advanced method of percutaneous discectomy has been put into practice to remove the growth of excessive tissues from the center of the disc. During the practice, a small equipment is introduced by the means of a needle and guided to the center of the disc. The excessive tissues are removed, resulting in reduced pressure on the disc and the encircling network of the nerves. Soon the pressure on the nerves is relieved, pain is alleviated. The results of percutaneous discectomy last up to one year
Who is the right patient?
For the patients experiencing back pain and leg pain including sciatica, radiculopathy and even axial pain caused by the bulging of the central part of the disc. Percutaneous discectomy is broadly practiced treatment for patients with minimal herniation. Percutaneous discectomy is also potentially beneficial for the candidates with major disc herniation for whom a surgery may not be a suitable option
What to Expect
Percutaneous discectomy is an outpatient procedure. Usually the patients are given local anesthesia and mild sedation id needed, general anesthesia is usually not required. Infusion of the needle is not very complicated and may cause you a little discomfort. Once the needle is infused in the disc, the disc decompression will take only a few minutes. The whole procedure takes about 30 minutes and the patients are allowed to leave the recovery room. The needle incision is covered with a small bandage
Post procedure care
The Post procedure care is not really tough. Patients commonly feel a slight pain after the procedure. However, it is highly recommended to avoid lifting and strenuous exercise for a few days. The candidate can resume desk bound activities after a couple of days. The patients who are involved in physically strenuous activities previously are advised to rest a bit longer to resume their activities. Physical therapy is yet another option to get in routine much quicker