Nucleoplasty is a minimally invasive spinal decompression surgery that utilises radiofrequency and X-ray images to treat certain spinal conditions. This procedure offers a less invasive alternative to traditional open surgery and aims to reduce pain and other symptoms caused by these conditions.
This technique often results in a shorter recovery and fewer complications than traditional open surgery. However, the suitability of nucleoplasty as a treatment option depends on your specific diagnosis and the condition of your spine, which your neurosurgeon will evaluate.
During a nucleoplasty, a specially designed device is used to remove or modify a portion of the nucleus pulposus, the inner portion of a spinal disc. This aims to reduce pressure on nerves or the spinal cord, alleviating pain and other symptoms associated with conditions such as sciatica or radiculopathy.
The procedure typically involves the following steps:
A nucleoplasty can be used to treat the following conditions:
Most of these conditions are related to chronic back pain, tingling or numbness in the extremities, or muscle weakness. If you have any of the conditions listed above, make an appointment with Chou Neuroscience Clinic for customised treatment.
The results you can expect from nucleoplasty vary depending on your condition and the severity of your symptoms.
Some general expectations from nucleoplasty include:
The number of nucleoplasty sessions you need depends on your condition and how well you respond to the initial treatment. In most cases, substantial relief from pain and other symptoms can be achieved after a single nucleoplasty session. However, some individuals with more complex or severe conditions may require additional sessions.
Your neurosurgeon will assess your progress after the initial procedure. This includes considering factors such as the extent of your disc damage, the location of the affected discs, and the severity of your symptoms. If you continue to experience significant pain or have remaining issues to address, you may require additional nucleoplasty sessions.
Maintaining open communication with your neurosurgeon throughout the treatment process is essential, especially when monitoring your progress and adjusting the treatment plan to ensure the best possible outcome(s).
With this understood, the number of sessions required will be based on your individual response to treatment, pain management, and symptom relief goals.
Yes, nucleoplasty carries some risks, as with any medical procedure. These may include infection, bleeding, or nerve injury. Discussing these potential risks with your doctor is important to make an informed decision about your treatment before the procedure.
Nucleoplasty may not be a suitable treatment option for everyone. Your neurosurgeon must evaluate your condition and medical history to determine your suitability for nucleoplasty.
For most patients, nucleoplasty is usually a single-session procedure. However, the need for additional session vary depending on individual factors and how well you respond to the initial treatment.