Percutaneous Disc Annuloplasty or Biacuplasty

Cooled RF: A Minimally Invasive Treatment for Discogenic Pain

Percutaneous disc annuloplasty or biacuplasty cooled RF is a minimally invasive treatment for discogenic pain. Discogenic pain is a type of back pain that is caused by a problem with the intervertebral discs. The intervertebral discs are cushions that sit between the vertebrae in the spine. They act as shock absorbers and help to keep the spine flexible. With age and wear and tear, the intervertebral discs can degenerate. This can lead to tears in the annulus fibrosus, the outer ring of the disc. Annular tears can cause pain and inflammation. Percutaneous disc annuloplasty or biacuplasty cooled RF uses radiofrequency energy to heat the annulus fibrosus. This heat helps to shrink the tears and reduce inflammation. The procedure is done through a small needle that is inserted into the disc.


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Discogenic pain is the pain coming from the disc itself. Bulging disc and slipped disc causes compression of nerves but in discogenic pain, there is a tear in the disc, with or without any bulge. That means the protective covering of the disc, annular fibrosus, becomes weak and it leads to tear or break in the continuity.

Usually, this kind of pain from the disc happens when you sit or stand at one place for a long time. Depending on the amount of tear, the pain starts after a particular time. In minor tear, it usually comes after 45 min to 1 hour, in moderate tears, 30-40 min and in major tear, even with 5-10 min of sitting. It becomes difficult to get up after rest. Back becomes very stiff. Forward bending aggravates the back pain. At times, when the back pain becomes severe, it is felt in the hips and thighs also. Early morning stiff back is another feature.

In biacuplasty we repair the annular tear or the damaged part of the disc which is causing pain. This is done with cooled RF sysytem. This not only reduces pain but also strengthens the disc and makes the disc strong to bear forces.

Percutaneous disc annuloplasty or biacuplasty cooled RF is a minimally invasive procedure, which means that it is less risky and has a shorter recovery time than surgery. It is also a non-surgical treatment, which means that there are no incisions or scars.

Percutaneous disc annuloplasty or biacuplasty cooled RF is a good candidate for people with discogenic pain that has not responded to other treatments, such as physical therapy and medication.

The risks and side effects of percutaneous disc annuloplasty or biacuplasty cooled RF are minimal. Some people may experience temporary pain, numbness, or tingling at the injection site.

Percutaneous disc annuloplasty or biacuplasty cooled RF is a relatively quick procedure, typically taking about 30 minutes to complete.

Most people are able to go home the same day as their procedure. Recovery time varies from person to person, but most people are able to return to their normal activities within a few days. At IPSC, we encourage patients to start regular walks of 20-30 min, morning and evening, with a lumbar support belt for 4 weeks. Repair typically takes 4-6 weeks time but the patients start experiencing a reduction in pain and stiffness within 7-10 days.

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