Percutaneous disc decompression – removal of herniated disc material without incision
Non-surgical removal of herniated disc material, called decompression, provides back pain relief by reducing the pressure on the spine’s neural tissue. It is a minimally invasive procedure that uses X-ray guided instruments to remove or dissolve material from a herniated, ruptured or bulging disc.
This outpatient procedure requires little recovery time. Most patients are up and walking within one or two hours. Results are often seen within a few weeks. It is an ideal treatment for the symptoms of sciatica:
- Back pain
- Leg pain
A 2009 study by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) reported that patients of Percutaneous Disc Decompression experienced improvement in mobility and reduced pain, and that their conditions continued to improve up to two years after treatment.