Lumbar and Cervical Disc Surgery with Nucleoplasty
What is nucleoplasty?
Nucleoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure developed for patients with contained herniated discs in the spine. Nucleoplasty consists of creating a series of channels in your disc, then thermally treating the disc material and reducing the volume of the herniated disc, using an ablation wand.
What happens during a nucleoplasty procedure?
The procedure should take less than an hour. A medical professional will insert an IV needle in your arm for conscious sedation, and your back will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Under x-ray guidance, your physician will then place an access needle into your disc and complete the procedure.