How Percutaneous Discectomy Can Alleviate your Herniated Discs

Back pain ranges from mild to severe for those who suffer from a herniated disc. If you have back pain, or numbness and tingling in your extremities, you may have a herniated disc and not even know it. A percutaneous discectomy is a minimally-invasive pain management technique that alleviates distress and discomfort.

The back pain specialists at MDPain understand how this kind of discomfort disrupts your normal life. We provide compassionate care and understanding using a holistic approach while relieving you of pain. Our team works hard to create comprehensive and personalized treatment plans so you can get back to living your best life as soon as possible.

With offices in Greenwood Village and Parker, Colorado, we’re here to treat and relieve pain associated with herniated discs.

What is a herniated disc?

A healthy spine helps you maintain good posture and muscle tone. Your spine is made up of many individual bones called vertebrae. The vertebrae sit atop of one another, which is why they require a cushion between each bone. These cushions are the discs in your back, and they act as shock absorbers to keep you moving. Discs have a soft jellylike nucleus, and they’re hard and rubbery on the outside. 

A herniated disc occurs when the nucleus bulges out through a tear in the tough exterior. Most patients have herniated discs in the lower back, but disc tears can happen in other areas of the body as well, such as the neck. 

A damaged disc in your back or neck may be sitting atop a bundle of nerves. Depending on where the herniated disc is, you might feel pain, weakness, tingling, or numbness throughout your body. However, you may have a herniated disc and not even know it. 

That’s why we offer state-of-the-art diagnostic tools at MDPAin. A herniated disc may require epidural steroid injections, or you may find relief in a surgical treatment like a percutaneous discectomy.

What is a percutaneous discectomy?

Although a percutaneous discectomy sounds like a serious surgical treatment, it’s actually quite quick and simple. The surgeon makes a tiny incision near the damaged disc and removes the affected disc material. The injured disc may be removed by: 

An x-ray helps guide the doctor’s hands and instruments during the process. Most of the time, this procedure only needs a local or general anesthetic.

How a percutaneous discectomy alleviates herniated discs

A percutaneous discectomy alleviates herniated disc pain by removing the damaged material from your spine. If the herniated disc is pressing on nerves, this treatment eliminates the problem area, relieving pain or numbness. According to the health experts at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin Madison, a percutaneous discectomy is an effective treatment for most people, with limited risks.

This procedure is minimally invasive and requires no hospital stay. Fortunately, it’s an outpatient treatment option, allowing you to recover at home comfortably. Plus, because this approach to pain management is minimally invasive, your recovery time is significantly shortened.

If you need relief from back pain, call our skilled team at one of our two locations, and we can discuss treatment options such as a percutaneous discectomy. Click here for more information on our transition to telemedicine only.

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