It is a procedure performed to reduce a contained herniated disk. The procedure provides relief of buttock and leg pain that is related to the contained herniated disk that has not improved with other non-surgical treatments.
How is it done?
Local anesthesia and IV sedation help reduce discomfort during the procedure. The procedure is done under x-ray guidance. A needle is advanced into the disk. A device is then introduced through the needle, which creates a series of channels and thermally treats the tissue. The device is then slowly withdrawn while sealing the new channel.
How long does it take?
The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes with an additional 30 to 45 minutes of recovery time.