Diskectomy, Percutaneous


Discectomies, Percutaneous

Discectomy, Percutaneous

Diskectomies, Percutaneous

Nucleotomies, Percutaneous

Nucleotomy, Percutaneous

Percutaneous Discectomies

Percutaneous Discectomy

Percutaneous Diskectomies

Percutaneous Diskectomy

Percutaneous Nucleotomies

Percutaneous Nucleotomy

Percutaneous excision of a herniated or displaced INTERVERTEBRAL DISC by posterolateral approach, always remaining outside the spinal canal. Percutaneous nucleotomy was first described by Hijikata in Japan in 1975. In 1985 Onik introduced automated percutaneous nucleotomy which consists in percutaneous aspiration of the nucleus pulposus. It is carried out under local anesthesia, thus reducing the surgical insult and requiring brief hospitalization, often performed on an outpatient basis. It appears to be a well-tolerated alternative to surgical diskectomy and chymopapain nucleolysis.