Intradiscal electrothermal therapy, a non invasive solution for lower back pain

Intradiscal electrothermal therapy is also called IDET  a relatively, modern and least invasive treatment for spinal disc related chronic low back pain. The disc pain is considered as the cause of growth of nerve fibers that have grown from their original place in the outer layers of the disc, extending to the disc inner area, the growth of the nerves breaks down the strong exterior of the disc. Another cause of the pain may be due to injury to the disc, replacing the nucleus in the middle of the disc to move out of the disc, the element excreted by the nucleus is harmful for the outer layer of the disc where nerves have been grown, hence causing severe pain

What happens during the surgery?

Before proceeding to Intradiscal electrothermal therapy, a procedure of the discography is usually done for the examination purpose to catch the real disc problem. After discography the physician might prescribe if you need Intradiscal electrothermal therapy

As the procedure initiates you are given a light sedative and a local anesthetic. The Help of an X-ray is taken to guide the needle along with a flexible tube called a catheter and heating element into the vertebral disc, the outer layer of the disc is wrapped with the catheter and slowly given a temperature to about 194 degree Fahrenheit. The heat is basically to damage the nerve growth and strengthen the disc tissue,  enclosing any small wounds. Along with these antibiotics are given intravenously to avoid any disc infections

What To Expect After Surgery

Soon after Intradiscal electrothermal therapy  the patient might not get pain relief immediately. Pain might raise during the first couple of days, however, it may alleviate with the daily physical therapy and light workout

In the first month after Intradiscal electrothermal therapy  procedure the patient should plan to walk and need to do light stretches as prescribed by the physician, after a month you can increase your routinely activities from light to moderate, however, make sure that you avoid lifting, bending, twisting and sitting for a longer period

Candidates who undergo Intradiscal electrothermal therapy are mostly recommended to rest almost 5 to 6 months before resuming strenuous athletic activities

Why It Is Done

Intradiscal electrothermal therapy is used to treat a selective group of people who experience chronic disc related lower back pain that may last from 3 to 6 months and all  the traditional treatments have failed

Intradiscal electrothermal therapy is not recommended for the  people who have severe disc degeneration syndrome or spinal instability