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Percutaneous discectomy

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
As I lie in hospital hooked up to a morphine drip, it is looking increasingly likely that surgery will be required.

Had anyone elected to have a Percutaneous discectomy performed?

Please advise.



  • Tom,

    I had Percutaneous discectomy done 1 1/2 year ago and it failed miserably. It was a huge mistake.
    Later i had MicroEndoscopic Discectomy which was succuss.
    I don't mean do discourage you but i would not recomend you chosing Percutaneous discectomy.
    Microendscopic/MicroDiscectomy are not bad compared to Percutaneous approach. Recovery may be quick with Percutaneous, but this approach is blind.
    Surgeon has no clue if nerve is being decompressed.
    In my case, instead of decompresing the nerve, i lost the healthy nucleus. SO this caused additional damage.
    Good luck.
  • First, you have to differentiate few different percutaneous procedures.

    Percutaneous discectomy is too wide term. Doctor should be precise when advising surgery to patient.

    Please ask your doctor if he is using:
    1. Automated percutaneous discectomy
    2. Laser percutaneous discectomy
    3. Endoscopic percutaneous discectomy
  • I have not had that procedure. I did have a microdiscectomy (in fact 2). I think the key information you'll get here is that there are options and while your surgeon may suggest one type, it's important to ask what the other options are both surgically and not surgically.

  • What is the difference between the automated and endoscopic? Looks like I may go this route the 24th of this month possibly. I know it would be done with the stryker tool does that answer which type keano16??
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