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How do they do a percutaneous discectomy?

How do they do a percutaneous discectomy?

Through the skin: Percutaneous discectomy is a minimally invasive treatment option for certain types of bulging intervetebral discs that are causing nerve root compression and sciatica. As opposed to open discectomy, which requires general anesthesia and lengthier recovery, percutaneous discectomy can be performed under local anesthesia and light sedation on an outpatient basis with a quick recovery period. ...Read more

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Percutaneous (Definition)

In surgery, percutaneous pertains to any medical procedure where access to inner organs or other tissue is done via needle-puncture of the skin, rather than by using an "open" approach where inner organs or tissue are exposed (typically with the use of a scalpel). The percutaneous approach is commonly used in vascular procedures. This involves a needle catheter getting access ...Read more


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Can you explain a percutaneous discectomy?

Can you explain a percutaneous discectomy?

Minimally invasive: Way of removing a disc thru a small skin incision done as an outpatient without general anesthesia using imaging and special tools like doung a joint arthroscopy. ...Read more

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Could a percutaneous discectomy make your disk stronger?

Could a percutaneous discectomy make your disk stronger?

Perc discectomy: Indications for this procedure is a symptomatic disc herniation with appropriate nerve pain advantages include sparing the surronding musculature from surgical trauma the disc has already weakened by the disc injury removing thextruded piece won't strenghthen the injured disc. ...Read more

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How much it will hurt to have a percutaneous discectomy?

How much it will hurt to have a percutaneous discectomy?

Varies: Most patients who undergo a percutaneous discectomy do not report much discomfort. Be aware that most surgeons do not advocate these procedures due to consistent reproducable results. Make sure your doctor has hospital, not just ambulatory, privileges to perform these procedures and is qualified to take care of any complications. ...Read more

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Will the needle or i.V. Hurt during the percutaneous discectomy?

Yes: A percutaneous discectomy is a surgical procedure in which the central portion of an intervertebral disc is accessed and removed through a cannula. ...Read more

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Is an endoscopic percutaneous discectomy to remove herniated np thereby disrupting integrity of disc a good ideafor someone in high impact sports?

May be: If the disc is large enough that you are having weakness and/or constant numbness/pain in your leg(s), a minimally invasive discectomy (microscopic or endoscopic) is typically a good option. Please consult your neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have percutaneous thoracic discectomy?

What does it mean to have percutaneous thoracic discectomy?

Cool way to operate: Minimally invasive way to remove a portion of a herniated disc in the mid back region. I found a great website with explanation and quote part below in comments. ...Read more

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How long before percutaneous cervical discectomy(yess disc) takes effect?I had it 3wks ago but still no effect àt all

Varies: If a percutaneous discectomy is going to work, results are usually immediate, or at least within the first several days. The longer that your symptoms persist, the more likely it may be that your surgery was not effective. I would give it at least 6 weeks before considering other options. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: percutaneous?

What is the definition or description of: percutaneous?

See below: In surgery, percutaneous pertains to any medical procedure where access to inner organs or other tissue is done via needle-puncture of the skin, rather than by using an "open" approach where inner organs or tissue are exposed (typically with the use of a scalpel). The percutaneous approach is commonly used in vascular procedures. This involves a needle catheter getting access to a blood vessel. ...Read more

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How is a discectomy done?

Variety of ways: Several ways but standard in the lower back is a microdisectomy through a small posterior incision leading to the roof or lamina of the spine where a small keyhole opening is created through a natural open area & moving the nerve & nerve sac out of the way to access the piece of disc herniated with special instruments to protect the neural elements while removing disc fragments as an outpatient. ...Read more

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How healthy is percutaneous cholecystostomy?

Why?: Percutaneous cholecystostomy is usually reserved for people too ill to have a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Why can't you have surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: diskectomy?

What is the definition or description of: diskectomy?

Excision: The term discectomy refers to an excision of all or part of a disc. The disc itself is a cartilage structure that is located between two vertebral bodies. Disectomies are typically performed to improve pain and/or function in a patient that had failed no operative care. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: discectomy?

Partial disc removal: Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more complete discectomy is performed. ...Read more

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I am having a discectomy on tuesday. What can I expect?

Back soreness: I'm assuming here that you're having a lumbar microdiskectomy. You will experience some incisional soreness, low back aching and pain which is easily managed with medication. If you are experiencing leg pain and numbness, the pain should be better quickly afterward. Numbness takes longer. Rest is the key. No excessive activity. Ice pak on the back helps. You should improve quickly. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to expect with TMJ discectomy?

Expect problems: Removing the disc in your TMJ is not a good idea and should be avoided if possible. This procedure not only places the joint in a compromised position, but will increase the possibility of arthritis and degenerative changes. I would seek other opinions. You might look up dr. Larry wolford in dallas and get his opinion. I wold not recommend doing this to anyone. ...Read more

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How should I sleep after discectomy?

How should I sleep after discectomy?

However you like: There is no correct position to sleep in after a lumbar microdiscectomy. Whatever position is most comfortable to you. The more important aspect of sleep is how you get in and out of bed. Be sure not to strain or excessively twist your torso. ...Read more

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What is percutaneous nephrolithotomy?

Via tube in kidney: Placement of nephrostomy tube through flank into kidney. Then passing a nephroscope (operating telescope for kidneys) through nephrostomy tube and breaking up or pulverizing kidney stone mechanically, by laser or ultrasound by a probe through the nephroscope. Procedure is performed under direct observation via a camera attached to the nephroscope telescope. ...Read more

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What is pcnl (percutaneous nephrolithotomy)?

What is pcnl (percutaneous nephrolithotomy)?

PCNL: Minimally invasive surgery for removal of large kidney stone/s. Nephrostomy tube (catheter) is placed in kidney thru skin in back or flank, either under local anesthetic & with sedation or general anesthesia day before or day of procedure. Then nephroscope (kidney telescope) passed thru catheter channel, stone is visualized & broken up with laser or percussion "gun" & fragments are irrigated out. ...Read more

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What are risks of percutaneous nephrolithotomy?

See list: Bleeding infection (sepsis) damage to internal organs lung collapse/fluid in chest cavity loss of kidney. ...Read more

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How do you perform a cervical discectomy?

How do you perform a cervical discectomy?

Cervical disectomy: Very carefully. The approach is usually from the front of the neck and involves the use of ther operating microscope. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Tromanhauser
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Discectomy (Definition)

Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more


Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Diskectomy (Definition)

The term discectomy refers to an excision of all or part of a disc. The disc itself is a cartilage structure that is located between two vertebral bodies. Disectomies are typically performed to improve pain and/or function in a patient that had ...Read more