Replay of: A Minimally Invasive Procedure for the Treatment of Contained Herniated Discs
First Seen Live Webcast: January 14, 2005, 3pm CT, 4pm ET (21:00 UTC)
Pittsburgh, PA- According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, about one in every 50 people experiences a herniated disc, which may present with leg and/or back pain and be debilitating to patients. For those who don't respond to non-surgical treatments (including a short period of rest, anti-inflammatory medications to reduce the swelling, analgesic drugs to control the pain, physical therapy, exercise or epidural steroid injection therapy), surgery may seem to be the only option. Before deciding to go under the knife, patients may want to consider a percutaneous disc decompression or DISC Nucleoplasty.
On January 14, 2005, at 3:00 pm CST viewers saw a live DISC Nucleoplasty performed on a patient with a contained disc herniation by Dr. Peter Gerszten, Assistant Professor of Neurological Spine Services at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
DISC Nucleoplasty® is a refined tool for removing excess disc tissue, a well-established mechanism for percutaneous disc decompression that has been shown to improve patient functionality in 75 percent of patients. This type of tissue removal has been used in over 3 million procedures throughout the body with three randomized controlled studies completed.