Tue : 25-07-2017 , 22:08:08 pm

Percutaneous Disc Procedures

Automated Percutaneous Lumbar Decompression (APLD)


Nucleotomy is a minimally invasive treatment used primarily for treating herniated discs, although it can be used for bulging discs. The treatment involves removing the bulging or herniation by physically removing part of the nucleus pulposus. Currently, nucleotomy is referred to as percutaneous discectomy.

A percutaneous nucleotomy is a minimally invasive procedure involving the removal of the inner material of a bulging or herniated intervertebral disc that has impinged a nerve root or the spinal cord. The percutaneous nucleotomy is recommended only if conservative treatments such as bed rest, pain medications, exercise, and physical therapy have not helped alleviate symptoms. The procedure begins with the insertion of a needle into the damaged disc.

The procedure typically is performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to go home the same day to rest and recover faster than open back surgery.


Note:-This information should not be used as a substitute for necessary consultations with a qualified pain specialist (Interventional Pain Physician) to meet your individual needs. Always consult a medically trained professional with questions and concerns you have regarding your medical condition.