You can combat cervical spine pain with a safer approach

Percutaneous discectomy is a treatment performed to eliminate herniated or bulging disc substance that is putting pressure on the nerves or the spinal column. The cervical spine is the portion of the spinal cord that spreads through the neck. When the nerves of the cervical spine are pinched it cause severe pain and discomfort in the neck affecting the shoulder arms and hands. The objective of cervical percutaneous discectomy is to relieve the nerves by removing bulging disc material and disc fragments.  It is a slightly invasive procedure that involves a very small cut and a very fine surgical needle between vertebral column, into the center of the disc. The disc material is evacuated with the help an X-ray imaging and as a result painful pinched nerve is released

The cervical spine is comprised of seven vertebrae shaped on top of each other, each parted by a cushion known as the intervertebral disc. The disc is made up of the outer shell and the center is softer. With aging and normal wear tear or any sudden injury to the disc may bulge between the vertebrae. If the disc splits it pinches the surrounding nerves giving rise to pain, tingling, numbness and other debilitating symptoms

Cervical percutaneous discectomy is done to eliminate pain and reduce symptoms in patients with cervical disorders such as cervical spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease

Candidates for Cervical Percutaneous Discectomy

A cervical percutaneous discectomy is a remedy for patients with chronic neck and upper back pain, or pain that spreads down the arm. The procedure may be an option when other conventional treatments such as medication and steroid injections, physical therapy have failed to overcome the pain and symptoms even after a practice of about 6 weeks. The procedure can also be considered when the patients have suffered chronic pain it has influence the regular activities

Benefits of Cervical Percutaneous Discectomy

There are several benefits to cervical percutaneous discectomy. Since it is less invasive than other surgical treatments. There is very negligible scar tissue formation from the cut and the ligaments and surrounding discs remained unscathed. Moreover;

  • It is an outpatient procedure
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Retained spinal mobility following the procedure
  • Rapid recovery

Risks of a Cervical Percutaneous Discectomy

Though the procedure is safer than other surgical treatments, however, as with all types of surgery, there is risk associated, however, these risks are quite rare;

  • Include:
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Nerve damage
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Failure to remove all targeted disc tissues