Hydro-discectomy is a roughly new nonaggressive therapy which uses high pressure water flow to remove the upper tissue of the displaced disk. By doing so the pressure inflicted on the marrow will be removed and so the patient’s pains will be gone.
In contrast to methods such as laser or radiofrequency which use a thermal mechanism for repairing the displaced disks, and also considering the high probability of infliction of tissue damage by lasers and radiofrequencies, the water pressure based discectomy method is free from heat stimulated tissue damage. In this method, high pressure water passes through the device and enters the disk; based on the venture law, a suction state is created which allows the disk particles to exit along with water flow.
Reasons why hydro-discectomy is effective:
It doesn’t require hospitalization and is performed in an outpatient manner
Recovery happens rapidly and the patients can get back to their normal lives in no time
It is less painful
It is bleeding free
It does not require removal of bones
There is no damage to the surrounding muscles and tissues
Doesn’t requires anesthesia
Which patients can use this method?
In patients with IDH in the waist between vertebras L1 and S1, with pressure on nerve roots
In patients with disk volume increase without tearing towards the spinal cord
In patients who have been subjected to over four weeks of non-surgical methods (drugs, physiotherapy, exercises and epidural injection), but have not been healed.
In patients whose symptoms are worsening
This surgery is performed using C-arm device along with fixation of vital signs during the surgery through special instruments without requiring cutting
The patients are fully awake while being subjected to topical anesthesia
The physician inserts the special instrument through widening the disk’s wall and the water exits with pressure from the displaced side of the disk
The operation takes 20 to 30 minutes
The patients will be dismissed the same day
The patients will get back to their normal lives in one week
The patients must avoid too much seating, bending, lifting and rotating
The patients will be able to perform tensile exercise in one week
Studies have shown an 80% successful rate for this therapy.