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Plasma Disc Decompression - Anyone had it?

deltaladyddeltalady Posts: 610
I had the last of three epidurals on 2/23/09 which gave me about five days of relief. Met with my ortho doc yesterday to see where I go from here and he recommended plasma disc decompression. Per the brochure, a patented plasma device is inserted through the cannula into the center of the disc using Coblation tecnology to remove excess tissue - this reduces the pressure on the disc, which eases symptoms. I'm set up for this procedure on the 18th. If anyone has had this procedure, I'd like to know if it was successful. My doc says he's had very good results thus far in his practice. This is a minimally invasive procedure which is something to try before microdisectomy. Having had some relief from the epidurals and having the pain come back to it's former strength is just so mentally and physically draining (as you all know) :''( . Thanks for the input. :*


  • What you describe sounds like microdisectomy. I just had it. I might be wrong, but it is was my surgeon did to my bulging disc. He just cut the portion of the disc that was pressing on S1 nerve. It was quick and almost painless. ;)p
  • It was called neucleoplasty (disc decompression surgery). I had it done in 2001. This was not successful for me as I had a disc fragment wrapped up in a nerve. I also had to be awake for this procedure, do you? I must be honest it wasn't easy.
    Faith M
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