Percutaneous Discectomy Specialist

Able Orthopedic and Sports Medicine -  - Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Able Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine located in Queens, Forest Hills, NY

If you suffer from agonizing back pain due to a herniated, slipped, or ruptured disc, a percutaneous discectomy procedure may be right for you. With the help of the caring board-certified orthopedists at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Forest Hills, New York, you can get started on your pain-relieving treatment right away. Find out how this minimally invasive procedure can resolve your chronic back pain by booking an evaluation directly through the website. You can also call to speak with a team member directly.

Percutaneous Discectomy Q & A

What is a percutaneous discectomy?     

A percutaneous discectomy is a nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatment option for herniated, slipped, or ruptured discs. These discs, located between each vertebra, cushion the fragile bones that make up your spine and prevent bones from rubbing against one another. 

If a disc slips out of proper alignment and protrudes into your spinal canal, it puts pressure on nerves and winds up causing life-altering pain in your back, legs, and arms. The percutaneous discectomy procedure involves using a small needle to treat your disc, rather than making an incision. 

During your percutaneous discectomy procedure, your physician uses a live X-ray (fluoroscopy) and injects a dye contrast to more clearly see the treatment area. They insert a specialized needle into the targeted area, which has a unique rotating probe at the tip. 

When it’s turned on, the tip removes tiny fragments of your jelly-like disc nucleus, which creates an empty space. This effect allows your disc to even out and relieve pressure on your nerves.

What are the benefits of a percutaneous discectomy?

A percutaneous discectomy may be right for you if other pain management solutions, such as chiropractic adjustments and medications, haven’t been effective. This procedure is beneficial because:

  • Any risk of complications and side effects is minimal
  • No anesthesia is necessary
  • No incisions are made
  • Downtime is minimal

Plus, a percutaneous discectomy serves as an alternative to surgery if you have a disc bulge that’s small (meaning you’re not a candidate for surgery).

How long is the recovery after percutaneous discectomy?

You should start experiencing pain relief within a few days of your percutaneous discectomy from Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Usually, you can go home within a few hours, although you need to have someone drive you and stay with you for the rest of the day.

It’s important to rest and relax for several days after your percutaneous discectomy. Depending on the extent of your underlying condition and customized treatment, you should be able to resume all of your usual activities, including work and exercise, within about 3-5 days.

Learn more about the benefits of a percutaneous discectomy by booking an evaluation at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine today. Schedule either online or over the phone.