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Plasma Disc Decompression

deltaladyddeltalady Posts: 610
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi - Has anyone had this procedure? I asked the PA at my ortho doc's office what was next if the three epidurals didn't solve my sciatica problem. He gave me a brochure on plasma disc decompression. An outpatient surgery where a canula is placed inside the disc to dissolve some of the material that is pressing on the nerve. I had my third epidural last Monday and had a very good week with little pain. But, of course, today the pain is back (not full throttle) but taking the course it usually takes. I'd like to know how successful this procedure is before I agree to have it done. Thanks in advance for your responses.


  • I am wondering if this is not simliar to laser surgeries if not the same thing.

    Disolve the bulding part releasing the pressure on the nerve.

    I have heard mixed reviews on the -laser- surgery. More of a temp fix but can last a few years maybe more and postpone major surgery.

  • I'd take the temp fix if it would give me a few years before having to have any more invasive surgery.
  • I believe they need to protect the surrounding tissues with ceramic shields.
    Really do your homework on this type of surgery.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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