A laser discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure frequently used in cases where a patient’s spinal vertebrae have begun painfully ‘nipping’ or ‘pinching’ a nerve, caused in large by a damaged intervertebral disc. By carefully removing a targeted part of the disc, pressure on the nerve can be reduced and thus pain relieved without the use of drugs.
In terms of symptoms, it is perfectly possible that if you are suffering from extreme and prolonged back pain, you may be experiencing disc degeneration, disc tears, bulging discs, pinched nerves or radiculitis – all of which are prime candidate conditions for a laser discectomy procedure. Perhaps the most appealing thing of all about the laser discectomy is how wide-reaching it can be in terms of eligible patients and relief.
In order to ensure maximum precision when carrying out the procedure, a laser is used to make the minor cut to the affected disc. An incision is made close to the affected area into which the laser itself is inserted, along with the tool required to ‘grasp’ and extract the soft disc tissue cut by the laser. The extremely precise nature of the procedure ensures minimal bleeding and very little discomfort for the patient.
The laser discectomy represents more of a long-term treatment for the pain and discomfort associated with a wide variety of back complaints. As such, it is less of a test or a quick fix for doctors and the closest realistic thing there is to an outright cure. The results may not last forever, but they certainly give the doctor as much time as needed to explore other avenues and minimize the prescription of pain relieving drugs.
Whether or not a full anesthetic is used during the procedure depends on both the doctor chosen to carry it out and the patient’s requests. However, the use of cutting-edge technology ensures a minimally invasive, largely painless and wholly safe process. A tiny incision is made that’s almost impossible to see once healed, pain-killers are used in the area surrounding the treatment region and patients experience little to no discomfort. And unless complications arise…which is rare…patients are allowed to go home the very same day.
The laser discectomy represents a genuinely state-of-the-art procedure using all the best advances in medical science. As such, risks in a severe sense are practically zero and the only real risk to speak of is that of the procedure having a limited pain-reducing effect, as opposed to restoring total comfort.
Chronic and severe back pain can be life-affecting and debilitating to say the least, with some feeling they have no choice, but to constantly take unhealthy doses of pain-killers just to get by. With the laser discectomy on the other hand, no drugs are needed to deliver exceptional relief for the long-term and restore freedom of movement.
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