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SteveCSSteveC Posts: 63
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My PM doc does a procedure called IDET:

IDET is a procedure in which the physician places a catheter under fluoroscopy (X-ray)guidance into the disc. The catheter is positioned along the outer aspect of the disc at the location of the tear within the disc. The catheter is then slowly heated to treat the tear. The heat is meant to destroy pain receptors at the location of the tear and remodel the outer layers of the disc tissue, healing any tears.

I don't have a torn disc but do have a bulge...wondering if anyone else has had this procedure and if it worked for them? I have an appt with the doc next week and will discuss more with him then.

Thank you!



  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    IDET was thought to be the best new thing in the 90's and may WC companies considered it as a good treatment for disc problems and a good alternative to surgery. However the short and long term efficacy of IDET was not as they had hoped and it has fallen out of favor with many doctors.

    Do you research and if you have a spine surgeon you are treating with get his/her opinion. I have my PM and my Orth Spine Surgeon working together. My doc recommended a treatment the PM said it was too early to consider, etc. So perhaps a consultation with a spine surgeon can help you decide on viable and effective treatment options.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • There are many proven and safer techniques for disc bulge and low-back pain than IDET.

    IDET is kind of history now and its pretty rarely used. For bulges, best results are achieved with PLDD - laser disc decompression.
  • Thanks guys....I was hoping it might be a non surgical option. I'll ask my doc what he thinks, I am sure he would have mentioned it if he thought it was an option.
  • Thanks guys....I was hoping it might be a non surgical option. I'll ask my doc what he thinks, I am sure he would have mentioned it if he thought it was an option.
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