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Percutaneous Laser Discoplasty

This minimally-invasive procedure uses a small needle and advanced laser technology to reduce a herniated disc, quickly relieving pain in most patients. The procedure may be performed on an outpatient basis using a gentle, relaxing medicine and local anesthetic.

Cannula Inserted

After some anesthetic is injected to numb the area, a thin needle called a cannula is inserted through the back and into the herniated disc. The surgeon uses x-ray images to guide the placement of the cannula.

Disc Nucleus Treated

A small laser probe is carefully inserted through the cannula and into the disc. Pulses of laser light are shined into the problem area of the disc.

Herniation Relieved

The laser light creates enough heat to shrink the disc wall area. The patient may feel some pain during the procedure, which is an indication that the treatment is being applied to the appropriate area.

End of Procedure and After Care

The probe and needle are removed, and the insertion area in the skin is covered with a small bandage. Because no muscles or bone are cut during the procedure, recovery is fast and scarring is minimized. The patient may need a day of bed rest after the procedure, as well as physical therapy. Most may return to normal activity within one to six weeks.

Why Should I Get Treatment from
Gulf Coast Spine Care?

Our Clinic has successfully treated a range of back pain sufferers including:

  • Astronauts
  • Olympic athletes
  • Bull riders
  • State Troopers
  • Firefighters

For over 20 years, Gulf Coast Spine Care has offered the full range of non-operative (conservative) and modern surgical management for most conditions of the adult spine.

Am I eligible for one of Gulf Coast Spine Care's
Advanced Procedures?

Gulf Coast Spine Care employs the most advanced procedures available for many lumbar conditions. However, these advanced procedures are highly specialized and patients must complete our Advanced Procedure Candidacy Tool™ in order to qualify.

If you would like to know if you are eligible to receive an advanced procedure, please click on the button below and fill out our Advanced Procedure Candidacy Tool™.

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