What is the Disc-FX® System?
Disc-FX is an innovative and minimally invasive system designed to effectively treat degenerative disc disease and disc herniations. It efficiently accesses the damaged disc without injury to surrounding disc anatomy.
In the past, patients who did not respond wells to conservative treatment were forced to live with the symptoms or consider major spine surgery. Spine surgery can take weeks or months to recover from, causing major disruptions in their daily lives. This is not the case with Disc-FX®.
Is Disc-Fx® Right for You?
If conservative treatments have not been successful and you are not ready for major surgery, Disc-FX® may be an option for you. Disc-FX® is a minimally invasive procedure, allowing patients to go home the same day as the procedure with a just a small bandage on their back.
Disc-FX is an effective treatment option for those suffering from:
If you are experiencing advanced degenerative disc disease or spinal fractures, the Disc-FX® may not be beneficial. Our doctor can evaluate and determine if you are a candidate.
Benefits of the Disc-FX Procedure
- Performed on out-patient basis
- Smaller surgical incision than traditional surgery
- Reduced procedure time
- Multiple treatment options
- Performed under local anesthetic
- Preserves all other surgical options, should they ever be needed.
- Targeted access to damaged area
- Treat multiple disc levels
- Fast relief of symptoms
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Minimal tissue damage
What to Expect During the Procedure
Minimal anesthesia is common. The patient lies on their stomach and a needle is inserted into the skin near the affected disc. An incision is made and the working ‘tube’ is inserted. Graspers are used to manually decompress and remove the offending herniation. The patented Trigger-Flex® can then be used to help clean the disc and seal tears in the annulus. The ‘tube’ is removed at the end of the procedure and a small bandage is placed over the sutures.
What to Expect After the Procedure
One to two hours following the procedure, patients are required to stay at the facility for observation. For the first few days post-procedure, patients will have limited sitting and walking and may experience some discomfort or bruising at the incision site.
Physical therapy is critical in the healing process and typically begins one-week post procedure. Symptoms caused by the disc herniation are typically gone or reduced within two weeks.
Activity Guidelines Following the Procedure
One – three days following the procedure: plan to rest in a comfortable position lying down or reclined with your head tilted up, a pillow under you knee and hip bent comfortably. An ice pack is often recommended during this time.
First week: Limit sitting and walking to 10- 20 minutes, slowly increase in the second week and beyond. Remember that walking is good for your back but 3 shorts walks are better than one longer one.
First two weeks: LSO brace must be worn to help avoid re-herniation. No long distance driving.
Limit Lifting to:
- 5 pounds the first two weeks
- 10 pounds for weeks 3-6 weeks
- 25 pounds for weeks 2-12 weeks