Conditions Treated with Percutaneous Discectomy
A percutaneous discectomy may be used as your method of treatment if one or more of the following are present:
- Nerve pain has been present in the area of the disk for a period of four weeks of longer.
- The pain you experience has taken away from your ability to perform your normal day-to-day tasks.
- You experience signs of severe nerve damage.
Damage to the nerve is progressing and showing additional symptoms such as a numbing sensation, or loss of feeling.
- Images taking of the disk show that it’s bulging. A bulged disk can lead to damage the areas around the nerve, and almost always results in nerve damage.
While a percutaneous discectomy is one form of treatment for herniated and buldging disks, there are actually other forms of a discectomy that can be used. Ask your physician to determine if the percutaneous discectomy or an alternative method is best for your needs.