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Percutaneous Endoscopic Discectomy (PED)
A Percutaneous Endoscopic Discetomy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat leg or back pain attributed to disc problems. This procedure is a good option for patients who have chronic back pain but wish to avoid a more invasive open-back spinal surgery. An important feature of this surgery is that it is done with an endoscope through a keyhole incision.
An endoscope is a flexible tube with a camera attached at the end, which gives the Physician an unobstructed view of the damaged discs. This technique is beneficial as it does not require any muscles or tissues to be cut in order to obtain access to the spine. In addition, this cutting edge method doesn’t require the patient to “go under” as only a local anesthetic is needed, utilizes a much smaller incision, has a faster recovery time, preserves spinal mobility, much less post-operative pain and very minimal scar tissue formation. The objective of this minimally invasive procedure is to decompress (relieve pressure on) the nerves so you can get back to enjoying a comfortable life.
Have you been diagnosed with any of the following:
- Bulging Disc
- Herniated Disc
- Disc Tears
- Disc Degeneration
- Failed Back Surgery
- Pinched Nerve
- Spinal Stenosis
- Numbness/Tingling in the Legs
During a Percutaneous Endoscopic Discectomy the patient is awake, but given a local anesthetic to numb the area. Our Double Board Certified Physician will use an endoscope and laser to remove and shrink the necessary discs, which relieves pressure on the nerves. The number of discs removed will vary, but will only include the damaged portions. It is a relatively short procedure, typically lasting 30 minutes per disc.
After the procedure, patients are able to go home the same day. You can treat any post-op pain and swelling with ice, TENS and OTC NSAID’s and you will most likely be able to return to work within a week. Currently, Percutaneous Endoscopic Discectomies have very positive outcome statistics, with 86-92% of patients reporting their back and leg pain decreased significantly. You will need to follow up with the Doctor one week after the procedure to ensure you and your spine are healing correctly.
If you think you may be a candidate for PED, please don’t hesitate to call us or fill out the contact form and finally take your life back!!
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