What are the side effects or risks associated with Percutaneous Decompression?
Generally, percutaneous decompression is a safe and effective treatment. As with any minimally invasive medical procedure, there are risks that you’ll want to discuss with your physician before treatment is administered. The potential side effects or risks are minor and occur infrequently:
- Soreness and bruising where needle was injected.
- Potential infection at the injection point.
- More serious issues may ensue if there is a misplacement of the needle.
Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
Percutaneous decompression is most commonly performed for herniated discs that are not ruptured or too compressed. Good candidates are patients who have seen little or no improvement with conservative treatments, including medication, physical therapy, and spinal injections. Also, patients with a relatively small or contained disc herniation are better candidates than those with larger herniations.
Is Percutaneous Decompression a painful procedure?
Because it is minimally invasive, percutaneous decompression can be performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center. Some patients experience an increase in back pain temporarily, but it goes away within a few days.
Is Percutaneous Decompression the same as Dekompressor Discectomy?
Yes. Percutaneous decompression can also go by these names:
- Dekompressor Discectomy
- Nucleotome Discectomy
- LASE procedure
- Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression
- Percutaneous Laser Discoplasty
- Plasma Disc Decompression