|This minimally invasive procedure is a fantastic alternative to back surgery. It is used to treat disc bulges, protrusions and small herniations. The IDET procedure is performed on a outpatient basis. The patient is awake during the procedure. A local anesthesia and mild sedative is used to reduce discomfort.
The procedure is performed under local anasthesia.
A hollow introducer needle is inserted into the painful lumbar disc space using a portable x-ray machine for proper placement
An electrothermal catheter is then passed through the needle and positioned along the back inner wall of the disc, the site believed to be responsible for the chronic pain.
The catheter tip is then slowly heated. The heat contracts and thickens the collagen fibers making up the disc wall, thereby promoting closure of the tears and cracks. Tiny nerve endings within these tears are cauterized (burned), making them less sensitive.
The catheter is removed along with the needle and, after a short period of observation, the patient goes home
A lumbar support is worn for 6 to 8 weeks, followed by an appropriate course of physical therapy. Lifting and bending precautions are necessary during this time to allow for adequate healing of the disc.
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