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Percutaneous disc nucleoplasty?

patrick212ppatrick212 Posts: 36
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am scheduled for C5/C6 Percutaneous disc nucleoplasty in 3 weeks. My pain doctor is performing it. |I already tried cervical epidural as well as bilateral facet injection and no luck. Had an EMG and it came back with nerve compression from C5/C6. I am looking for feedback on this procedure.

Has anyone tried this yet? What results? What risks?


  • all i know about this procedure is from reading descriptions.
    advertising describes that 50 to 80 % of people receive reduction in pain...in other words 65% of the people get reduction in pain.
    a tool is inserted into the middle of the disc and and radio frequency waves are put into the middle of the disc. when the tool is removed it is hoped that the bulge will recede back within the disc. the dangers are infection and paralysis should the dr hit the spinal nerves with the tool. my biggest concern would be the fact that a surgeon is not performing this procedure. i would be apprehensive. ask what the chances are for paralysis....
  • Thanks so much for your reply.

    I will talk to him about paralysis, I am wondering if my chances may be worse because they are midline protrusions, so he will have to work straight back.

    In terms of success rate, is dekompressor discectomy better? Since it uses a drill it seems like it is guaranteed to get rid of the protrusion? What are your thoughts on that?
  • oh now i see i didnt screw up with my answer i guess you have two posts going....
    anyway i dont think location of bulge matters because dr just sticks percutanious tool into the middle of the disk and then shoots the radio waves into the center of the disc. he doesnt touch the bulge. the bulge retracts into the disc if all goes well.
    i no nothing re decompressor....
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