In the past, patients with contained disc herniations have been treated with conservative care including rest, medications, injections and/or physical therapy. Unfortunately, this does not always provide relief. In the past, people who did not respond to conservative care were forced to live with the symptoms or consider major spine surgery. If they underwent surgery, it could take weeks or months to recover, causing a major disruption in their daily lives.
With Disc-FX®, this is not the case. Disc-FX® provides an option for those people who have failed conservative care, and are not yet ready for major surgery. It is a minimal access procedure performed on an out-patient basis whereby the patient will go home the same day as the procedure with only a small bandage on their back.
Following manual removal of the offending herniation, the patented Disc-FX device is activated to help clean the disc and seal tears in the annulus. As a result, pressure in the disc is reduced, which eases symptoms.
Facts about Contained Disc Herniations:
- 90% of low back pain is caused by pinched or irritated nerve in the back
- There are 15 million office visits for low back pain each year
- Low back pain is the most prevalent cause for people under 45 to visit their physician
- Disc Anatomy and Contained Disc Herniations
The spine is composed of a series of bones called the vertebrae. Each of these bones is connected by a disc, made of a tough outer layer, called the annulus, and a gel-like center called the nucleus. If the annulus of the disc is damaged by injury or weakened by age, a portion of the outer layer can give way to pressure causing the gel-like nucleus to either bulge or leak out. This may also be referred to as a herniated disc. A herniated disc can press on the nerves and cause pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the back and/or leg.
Disc-FX® System Overview
The Disc-FX® System is an innovative, minimal access spine system designed to efficiently access the damaged disc without injury to surrounding disc anatomy. Disc-FX permits multiple treatment options compared to other "single treatment devices" in the marketplace. In addition to manual decompression, Disc-FX® can help to clean the disc and seal tears in the annulus.
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