What is the DiscFX procedure?
DiscFX is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat herniated discs in the spine. The procedure is performed by a trained physician using a small, tube-like device called a catheter. The catheter is inserted into the affected area of the spine through a small incision, and then guided to the site of the herniated disc.
Once the catheter is in place, a laser is used to remove a small portion of the disc material. This creates a space within the disc, which relieves pressure on the surrounding nerves and reduces pain. The procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis, and patients can usually return to normal activities within a few days.
What are the benefits of the DiscFX procedure?
Some of the benefits of the DiscFX procedure include:
- Minimally invasive: Because the procedure is done using a small catheter, there is minimal disruption to surrounding tissues. This can lead to faster recovery times and less post-operative pain.
- High success rate: According to clinical studies, the DiscFX procedure has a success rate of around 80%. This is comparable to traditional open surgery, but with fewer risks and complications.
- Reduced need for medication: Because the DiscFX procedure targets the source of the pain (the herniated disc), patients may experience a significant reduction in pain and may be able to reduce or eliminate their use of pain medication.
- Fast recovery: Because the procedure is minimally invasive, patients typically experience a faster recovery time than they would with traditional open surgery. Most patients are able to return to normal activities within a few days.
Who can benefit from the DiscFX procedure?
The DiscFX procedure is typically used to treat patients who have a single herniated disc in the lumbar (lower) region of the spine. It may not be appropriate for patients who have multiple herniated discs or other spinal conditions. Your physician can help determine if the DiscFX procedure is appropriate for your specific condition.
What to expect after your DisxFX procedure
Like any medical procedure, there are potential side effects that patients may experience. However, the risks associated with the DiscFX procedure are generally low, and most patients experience minimal side effects. Common side effects include soreness or swelling at the procedure site. Although rare, patients may experience infection at the procedure site. To reduce the risk of infection, patients should follow their physician’s aftercare instructions carefully and contact their physician immediately if they experience any signs of infection at the site. Additionally, patients may experience tingling or numbness in the affected area, particularly if the herniated disc was causing nerve compression. This may take some time to resolve as your nerves heal.
Your aftercare instructions may vary slightly depending on your individual medical needs but generally include rest, activity modification, and managing any temporary increases in pain through oral medications and icing the affected area for 20 minutes at a time. Your Clearway care team will ensure you understand all of your aftercare instructions to maximize the procedure’s effectiveness.
Overall, the DiscFX procedure is a promising new option for patients who suffer from herniated discs in the lower back. It offers a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open surgery, with a high success rate and fast recovery times. If you are considering the procedure, be sure to discuss it thoroughly with your physician to determine if it is the right treatment option for you.