The procedure may be performed in the operating room or special procedures room at the hospital. The Non Traumatic Discectomy procedure usually is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia, consisting of an injection of anesthetic in the muscle (not a spinal block).
After local anesthesia has been given, using x-ray control, a small guide probe is inserted into the disc. Over the probe, a slightly larger tube is inserted down to the annulus and a 1/8 inch opening is made into the disc itself. The Nucleotome probe is then inserted through the tube and into the disc. The Nucleotome probe removes small pieces of the nucleus and suctions them out of the disc. The procedure take 45 minutes to an hour. You will normally feel little, if any, pain or discomfort.
The amount of nucleus tissue removed varies, but the supporting structure of the disc is not affected by the surgery. Upon completion of the procedure, the Nucleotome probe is removed and the puncture site, the size of a freckle, is covered by a small adhesive bandage. There are no stitches.
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