DiscFX Specialist

Comprehensive Pain Management

Anesthesiology & Pain Management located in Attleboro, MA, Franklin, MA, South Kingstown, RI & Warwick, RI

A herniated disc can stop you in your tracks, making everyday routines nearly unbearable. At Comprehensive Pain Management, Do Chan, MD, MBA, and Boris Shwartzman, MD, use the Disc-FXⓇ System to help men and women in Attleboro or Franklin, Massachusetts, as well as South Kingstown or Warwick, Rhode Island, find lasting relief from contained lumbar disc herniations. If you’re ready to leave back pain behind, schedule a consultation today to learn whether this innovative approach is right for you. You can set up your visit by calling us today!

DiscFX Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

Your spine is comprised of many sections of bone, the vertebrae, separated by 23 vertebral discs. These discs hold your vertebrae together, absorb shock in your spine, and allow movement and flexibility.

Each disc is made of a tough, rubbery outer portion and a softer, gel-like inner core. A herniated disc develops when the external portion of a disc partially or fully ruptures, allowing the softer inner material to exit. The structure of your spine allows little room for that material to expand, so the end result is often pressure on the nerves in and around your spinal cord.

How does the Disc-FX System help treat herniated discs?

The Disc-FX System offers a minimally invasive surgical option to access and repair damaged disc tissue without negatively impacting surrounding tissues. Previous surgical solutions required lengthy recovery periods and the risks involved in any major surgical procedure. The only other option was conservative care, including physical therapy, medications, and injections.

The Disc-FX System takes a different approach, combining multiple techniques to deliver impressive outcomes. The system enables percutaneous discectomy, a process in which a small needle creates access to a damaged disc, and a special probe with a rotating tip is guided through that needle to create space within the disc for the herniated material to return to proper positioning.

The system then uses a patented Trigger-FlexⓇ device to deliver a form of radio wave energy to the damaged disc. This nuclear ablation destroys the targeted tissue, which is then removed by disc irrigation. Finally, the Trigger-Flex probe is used to seal any tears in the annulus, or the firm outer portion of the disc.

What are the benefits of the Disc-FX System?

The Disc-FX System isn’t for everyone, but there are a number of potential benefits for those who prove good candidates for this procedure, including:

  • No need for general anesthesia
  • Very small incisions
  • Short procedure duration
  • Procedure performed on an outpatient basis   
  • Ability to treat multiple disc levels at once
  • Minimally invasive
  • Quick symptom relief
  • Swift recovery

Another benefit of this approach is that all surgical treatment options are preserved in the event that your needs change over time. To learn more about Disc-FX, schedule a consultation today.