Lumbar Spine Surgery Percutaneous Thermal Discectomy spine education movies. This movie illustrates the technique for performing a percutaneous thermal lumbar discectomy. This movie shows patient positioning, skin preparation, local anesthetic injection, cannula insertion, the conversion of some nucleus material, instrument removal, herniation retraction and wound dressing. This is illustrated in the accompanying spine education movie.
Sudden trauma or gradual degeneration can weaken the annulus fibrosis or wall of the intervertebral disc. This can then bulge outwards, forming a disc protrusion or a contained disc herniation. The pressure of the bulge against the surrounding structures causes back pain and the pressure against the nerve root causes leg pain.
Percutaneous discectomy is a minimally invasive disc decompression technique which is performed through a needle. Lumbar Spine Surgery Percutaneous Thermal Discectomy spine education movies.