Aging and daily wear and tear or any sudden injury leading to cracks or bone spurs even the spurs may develop in the wall of the intervertebral disc. Abundant with nerve endings and blood vessels. These bone spurs are a chronic source of pain in several patients. Furthermore, the inner disc material or the nucleus will repeatedly cause the disc to swell and bulge outwards in the cracks on the upper surface, similar to provoking pain sensors in the disc. The Intradiscal electrothermal therapy by Dr. Zaki Anwar is slightly invasive treatment in which he takes advantage of regulated levels of heat in a wide area of the damaged disc wall. This heat shrinks and thickens the collagen of the disc wall and increase the temperature of the nerve endings. The therapy consequently contracts and binds the disc wall damage, and reduces the bulging of the disc material and ease pain sensors in the disc
Who are the most likely to get benefit from Intradiscal electrothermal therapy?
The therapy acts exclusive of the tissues of the disc itself and should not be considered to reduce the pain symptoms arise from degenerated tissues, nerve roots and spinal joints. It is hence very important to Dr. Zaki Anwar to perform a disc diagnosis either it is the major source of your pain.
Further to a clinical examination, your Dr Zaki Anwar, MD may use MRI or discography procedure to confirm the diagnosis. Once the diagnosis clearly satisfies the real cause of pain is the damaged disc Dr. Zaki Anwar, MD may recommend for Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy
Intradiscal electrothermal therapy is often performed on the outpatient basis. Local anesthesia and light sedation might be taken advantage of relief the discomfort during the procedure. You will be awake and conscious so that you can discuss any discomfort with your physician. With the X-ray guidance Dr. Zaki Anwar will administer the needle into the disc. Once the needle reaches the aimed location. The temperature of the catheter is gradually increased, raising the disc wall temperature. During the heating process, Dr. Zaki Anwar will monitor your condition and level of comfort
You will notice a potential reduction in your pain. This is an indication that the heat is applied in the targeted areas. As the therapy is completed, the catheter and the needle are removed and you can go home with a band aid the area where the needle is inserted