HydroDisectomy (SpineJet) for Herniated Disc Treatment
A herniated disc can be a problematic and painful condition. Also called a slipped disc, a herniated disc is what happens when some of the fluid spinal “jelly” bursts out through a weak spot in the spinal disc. The fluid can put pressure on the nerves, causing numbness, muscle weakness, and pain, especially in the arm or leg.
SpineJet is an excellent solution for patients who haven’t seen success with more conservative treatments, like physical therapy, medication, or epidurals.
SpineJet is an advanced, minimally-invasive procedure that can eliminate your pain, and help you avoid surgery. The procedure is called a hydrodisectomy. A hydrodisectomy is a safe and effective alternative to much more invasive surgeries, like discectomy.
How Does the SpineJet Procedure Treat a Herniated Disc?
Hydrodisectomy with SpineJet is a 20-30 minute, outpatient procedure. It can be performed right here in our clinic, and you can go home the very same day.
SpineJet uses a high-speed water stream to clear away herniated disc tissue. This releases pressure on the nerves, providing effective pain relief. The procedure requires only a small, 4mm incision into the back, which can be closed with a bandage and leaves virtually no scar.
Is SpineJet an Effective Treatment Option?
SpineJet is remarkable effective, with proven results from rigorous clinical studies. In one study, patients reported a 94% improvement in back and leg pain. In another study of 69 patients, 98% were satisfied with their results.
Hydrodisectomy is also much safer than traditional discectomy, which carries some risks of complication.
SpineJet vs Discectomy
SpineJet is less invasive, with fewer inherent risks and shorter recovery times than a more traditional spinal surgery.
Traditional discectomy requires general anesthesia, bone removal, and the use of lasers and other high-energy heating elements which may cause damage to nearby muscles and nerves. Typically, recovery time from spinal surgery is 6-8 weeks.
SpineJet’s revolutionary high-speed water stream poses very little risk to the surrounding tissues. There’s no need to remove any bone, and no stitches are required. Most patients recover from SpineJet within one week.
Who is a Good Candidate for SpineJet?
Good candidates for SpineJet are those who have tried more conservative treatments for herniated disc, but still haven’t found the relief they need.
You may be a good candidate if:
- Your symptoms are getting worse.
- You’re showing signs of nerve damage.
- You have no other complicating spinal conditions.
Call Nuvo Spine for Herniated Disc Treatment
At Nuvo Spine, we provide patients with a multidisciplinary evaluation, including a comprehensive physical assessment and an in-depth pain profile. Using state-of-the-art tests, we can diagnose the underlying cause of your pain and determine which treatment options are available to you.
Our award-winning, board-certified doctor can provide you with more information about SpineJet™ and other treatment options. If you would like to learn more about SpineJet™, or if you would like to schedule an evaluation, contact Nuvo Spine today. Our comprehensive nerve, joint, and spine care clinics are located in Los Angeles and Encino.