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The discs in your back separate the vertebrae in your spine while minimizing impact on your bones and providing support, but worn down discs can cause back pain. Percutaneous disc decompression is a minimally invasive procedure that relieves the back pain and requires less recovery time and less pain than traditional surgery.

The procedure is done with the use of x-ray imaging. The doctor will use a small needle to reach the affected disc and decompress (or remove) the pressure that is placed on the tissue, which in turn gets rid of the pain.

What conditions does it treat?

Percutaneous disc decompression is used for patients suffering from back pain as a result of herniated, bulging, or ruptured discs. These types of problems can cause significant back pain and sometimes numbing.

What can I expect afterward?

It will not take long to feel relief following the procedure — in fact, some patients are able to feel pain relief immediately. You will be able to walk within an hour, and your doctor will give you specific instructions about returning to work and other activities.