A percutaneous discectomy is a surgical procedure in which the central portion of an intervertebral disc is accessed and removed through a cannula. The percutaneous surgical procedure is for safe and sparing excision of herniated disc material. Even sequestered disc material - regardless of its size and level - that slipped into the spinal channel can be removed with this minimal invasive method.

Click here to view image—Herniated intervertebral disk


The discectomy is performed through a cannula inserted through the back into the center of the vertebral disc under local anesthetic using a stylet. After the position of the stylet is confirmed to be correct using AP and Lateral X-ray views it is removed leaving the cannula in place. The disc material may be removed using surgical tools such as the Dekompressor or traditional manual surgical tools, however the manual instruments require a larger cannula and more disruption to the surrounding structures. Both the automated and manual percutaneous discectomy procedures produce similar results and reduction in disc height and pressure on the nerves to result in pain reduction.

Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy (PELD) Insertion at Apollo Spectra Hospitals

Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy (PELD) is performed by expert surgeons at the following Apollo Spectra Hospitals Centers. Click on the location to make an appointment.

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