After the Procedure
Some patients may experience mild back pain and swelling at the injection site. Dr. Sammarone recommends to apply ice at the injection site for 20 minutes every 2 hours to help reduce the swelling. More serious, but rare, complications may include bleeding, hematoma, and/ or infection at the site of injection.
A percutaneous disc removal is a minimally invasive procedure where a small cut is made to remove a herniated disc from the neck and/or back, which is usually pressing on the nerve or the spinal cord, thus causing pain. The patient is treated with sedatives and positioned on their stomach on the surgical table. With the assistance of an X-ray guidance, Dr. Sammarone will begin the procedure by placing a probe through a needle. The probe will assist in removing excessive disc material from bulging or contained herniated discs. The removal of the excess material will reduce pressure in the disc, provide pain relief, increase mobility, and help reduce the need for a traditional surgical intervention.