Troublesome back pain often results from intervertebral disc prolapse with a trapped nerve: the tough fibrous ring of the disc, which surrounds and protects the gelatinous nucleus, is damaged and gives way to the pressure from the inside. This causes protrusion which presses on the spinal cord, causing mild to severe pain. If the nerve root is also involved, intense stabbing pains may occur in the arms and legs. Like back pain, neck pain may also be caused by intervertebral disc prolapse.
Nucleoplasty is an innovative procedure to treat intervertebral disc prolapse without any open surgery. Newly developed high-frequency waves (coblation technique) remove excess damaged segments of the intervertebral disc biologically and healing of the disc is stimulated biologically. The treatment is simple, fast, effective and particularly gentle on the tissues. The entire minimally invasive procedure is performed under local anesthesia and takes about 30 minutes.
Precise millimeter-thin access to the affected intervertebral disc is obtained with a fine needle. A tiny probe is introduced through this access to remove the excess tissue. This allows the protrusion to regress so that the disc no longer irritates the spine and nerves. After the probe is removed, symptoms resolve and the pain is relieved.