New York (PRWEB) April 14, 2010
Dr. Douglas Schottenstein, a double board certified physician in neurology and interventional pain management, and owner of NY Spine Medicine-Schottenstein Pain and Neuro, is pleased to announce the utilization of a successful tool in the treatment of pain caused by contained herniated discs. The Stryker Disc Dekompressor is now being used at NY Spine Medicine to perform percutaneous discectomy, a minimally invasive spine procedure intended to reduce or eliminate pain experienced in the back and legs that is caused by disc herniation.
Percutaneous discectomy is a non-surgical, minimally invasive, treatment that removes a portion of the tissue from a contained herniated disc in order to reduce compression of the underlying nerve.
This generally results in the reduction or elimination of radicular pain caused by the compressed nerve. The procedure involves insertion of the Stryker Disc Dekompressor, a thin needle-like probe, through the skin under fluoroscopic (x-ray) guidance, which can then measurably and selectively remove intervertebral disc tissue. The patient remains awake during the procedure, under only minor sedation, and the procedure is completed in under one hour. Percutaneous discectomy using the Stryker system offers a high success rate with virtually no risks or side effects.
Dr. Schottenstein specializes in non-surgical and minimally invasive spine procedures and treatments at his specialized medical practice in midtown Manhattan. Utilization of the Stryker Disc Dekompressor during percutaneous discectomy is just one of the many cutting-edge procedures performed by Dr. Schottenstein, with the goal of keeping patients out of the operating room whenever possible. When more conservative treatments fail, procedures such as this often provide pain relief and return patients to normal activity levels without the need for more invasive surgery.
“Percutaneous discectomy is a great option for patients that experience ongoing back and leg pain despite other treatments”, explains Dr. Schottenstein. “The procedure is quick and safe, and in most cases provides substantial, if not total, relief from pain. With procedures such as this, we can often keep patients from traditional open surgery.”
Dr. Schottenstein performs procedures such as percutaneous discectomies, as well as other minimally invasive spine surgeries, at NY Spine Medicine’s state-of-the-art medical facility located at 18 E. 48th Street, in Suite 901, on the east side of midtown Manhattan.
The Stryker Disc Dekompressor is a needle-like probe that is used during percutaneous discectomy to aspirate and remove disc material from contained herniated discs. The probe is guided through the skin and into place using fluoroscopic x-ray imaging, where it can then remove portions of the disc tissue. The procedure generally takes between fifteen minutes and an hour and only requires a local anesthetic or mild sedative. Recovery is quick and associated risks are low.
Dr. Douglas Schottenstein is a double board certified physician and is owner of NY Spine Medicine – Schottenstein Pain and Neuro. He specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic spine conditions, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spinal pain management. For more information about Dr. Schottenstein and NY Spine Medicine, call 212-750-1155, or visit their website at http://www.nyspinemedicine.com.