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IDET (Intradiscal Electrothermal Annuloplasty)

What is it?

This is a procedure that is used to treat intervertebral discs that may be causing pain.

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle and thermo-coupled electrode into the painful disc. Once proper placement is confirmed, the electrode is heated destroying painful fibers in the disc. Sedation can be given for our patient’s comfort.

What patients are candidates?

Patients who have had painful intervertebral discs identified by discography are candidates for this procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

45-60 minutes


Patients often see improvement in their pain about 4-6 weeks after the procedure. Oftentimes physical therapy is also done after this timeframe to help facilitate healing and improve pain relief.