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Nucleoplasty Percutaneous Disc Decompression

What is it?

This procedure is performed to remove disc material from the spine in the hopes of the decompressing the intervertebral discs. Discs that are compressed may be bulging out and pressing on nerves, irritating them.

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle into the intervertebral disc. Once the needle is in the right place, a special device is used to remove the disc material. Sedation can be given for our patient’s comfort.

What patients are candidates?

Patients who have back pain from protruding or herniated discs may benefit from this procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

15-20 minutes


Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection.