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June 24, 2014 / drrobertcach

Disc Nucleoplasty

Dr. Robert Cach, a neurosurgeon in Idaho Falls, practices complex spinal and intracranial procedures at Idaho Neurosurgical Centre. Dr. Robert Cach has over 16 years of experience as a trauma surgeon, and performs procedures such as disc nucleoplasty on patients with neck pain or back pain.

Disc nucleoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for treating painful conditions such as sciatica that result from spinal disc damage. It is growing in popularity as it is a short outpatient procedure, usually 60 minutes in length, and allows for a return to normal activities much more rapidly than traditional surgical approaches do. The small incision made during disc nucleoplasty reduces the chances of scarring, and allows the patient to resume limited activity shortly after the procedure.

On the day of the procedure, the medical professional administers mild sedation and local anesthetic to the patient. With the guidance of x-ray technology, the doctor inserts a needle into the disc’s sidewall, after which the nucleoplasty device is put through. The device is used to remove a small amount of disc tissue from the disc core in a controlled manner, while heating the surrounding healthy tissue. The removal of disc material results in the relief of pressure. This, in turn, reduces the bulging and the associated irritation.

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