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Plasma Disc Decompression

markfmmarkf Posts: 6
edited 09/19/2015 - 1:36 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
recently released clinical trial on Plasma Disk Decompression:

Here's a little info slide I found on how this works:


Any opinions on how effective this procedure is? and/or personal experience?



  • Last week I went to a neurosurgeon to talk about the ways of treating contained herniated discs and he said that this procedure ('destruction of a tiny portion of disc using radio frequency') is the first surgical step for those who failed to treat their herniated discs in non-surgical way (this neurosurgeon does this kind of procedures himself). First of all, it is minimally invasive and doesn't cause any spine instability or scar tissue related problems. Secondly, the chances of making a patient's condition worse than before are very low because local anaesthesia is used and when the needle with electrode is being moved through the tissues to the disc it sends weak impulses so if the needle sticks into a nerve or something like that a patient feels tingling in the corresponding part of the body and he or she can tell the surgeon about it. Thirdly, only a little portion of disc is destroyed and that causes big changes in the volume and the pressure of the disc and also that means that this procedure can be done after some years in case your discs bulge once again in the future.
    Also a neurosurgeon said that this procedure works good for young people because their discs contain lots of water and even if you don't succeed or don't get any relief you aren't left with more problems than before the surgery.
    What is more, this procedure can be done either using radio frequency or using laser, and as I understood he said that radio frequency has more advantages versus laser (I forgot to ask why, my bad). I will try to find out about these differences between laser and radio frequency by going to another surgeon who uses laser for this kind of surgery, because it's hard to find normal amount of info on these topics not to mention the fact that real experience of surgeons says more than text one can find on the internet. But one thing is obvious (only in my case, I live in Europe and I don't know what is the situation elsewhere) - radio frequency costs a lot of money (you have to pay for that electrode yourself) while laser is free. So if the efficiency of both procedures are quite the same, it's logical to choose laser.
    Sorry that my post is scattered and not fluent, but I wanted to put in my two cents.
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