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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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


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Diskectomy (Definition)

Diskectomy is also known as Discectomy. Surgical ...Read more