Sunday, June 28, 2009

Preserving Your Spine Discs- Discoplasty

Your spinal discs are prone to degeneration leading to disc prolapse, protrusion, extrusion and sequestration. This can place pressure on your spinal nerves leading to back pain, neck pain, leg pain (sciatica) and shoulder/arm pains. As this progresses sensation disturbances such as tingling, numbness and motor problems such as weakness and sometimes even paralysis can occur.
In the past the options were either conservative or spine surgery. Fortunately there are now options that are in between. They deal with the root of the problem without formal spine surgery.

These procedures can be categorized as Discoplasty or Discoplasties. A needle like device is placed under local anesthesia into the discs under CT or high quality spine imaging. An energy beam is released through via a wand placed through the needle into the center of the disc. This can vapourize abnormal disc material in the nucleus pulposus. This reduces pressure within the disc. It also allows disc repair and healing. The energy can be a laser energy using either Nd-YAG, holmium or thulium lasers. Other advanced energies are Plasma energy. This is a day procedure which takes less than an hour to perform, has little discomfort for the person treated and he is able to walk home an hour later.

I have been quite impressed in my practise how effective a single treatment of Discoplasty can be for both cervical and lumbar disc problems. Patients are often able to go to work the next day and resume recreational activities quickly.

2 comments:

nelly said...

Doc, I was diagnosed with severe disc degeneration and cord compression at C3-6. There is also presence of osteophites on the bones. The pain is bearable, I am not on pain killer. However, I am not comfortable with the numbness and weakness at my legs and arms over the years. I am wondering whether discoplasty could be performed at multiple level to, as the first treatment to my problem before opting to do a more invasive surgery. any side effects of this treatment?

Anonymous said...

That was indeed a very good info, i was just reading on your report to Code it,(i am from CAsemix) and luckily found your own blog with the informtion of this procedure
Thanks Dr.