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Percutaneous Decompression

    What is Percutaneous Decompression?

    The Percutaneous Disc Decompression procedure is used in patients who are suffering from pain, numbness or disability resulting from a bulging or herniated lumbar disk. Most often, these patients are presenting with pain in the lower back, which may be radiating into either leg and foot, or both, and is often associated with numbness. It is indicated in certain patients with low back pain only, after further diagnostic testing. Patients with specific pathology and signs and symptoms may qualify for this procedure.

    The staff at Redefine Healthcare are very professional, courteous and welcoming. Andrea is always willing to assist you with whatever you may need and she does it with a smile! Dr. Freeman and his team are wonderful; very knowledgeable and very thorough and they work with you to ensure their patients get the treatment they need. I would highly recommend this practice.


    Procedure Details

    The procedure is done through a needle that is placed into the herniated disc after numbing the skin. Real-time X-ray Fluoroscopy is used to properly locate the needle tip inside the abnormal disk. A wand is placed through the needle, to generate radio waves that dissolve excess disk tissue, reducing the size of the disk. By using this minimally invasive procedure a small portion of the nucleus is removed with minimal disruption to the outer annular walls of the disc. This relieves the pressure in the disk and on adjacent nerves. This is an outpatient procedure is done on and because it is minimally invasive there is a decreased chance for complications with less rehabilitation required.

    Percutaneous Decompression


    The appropriate diagnostic evaluation prior to this procedure will nearly always involve a cervical or lumbosacral spine MRI as well as complete history and physical examination. If the pain is limited to the lower back without obvious radiation into the legs, discography or injection of contrast dye into the disk to further elucidate the pain mechanism may be required. Patients with large herniated discs may not be candidates for this procedure. Patients with bulging discs, small herniations with contained walls, moderate disc herniations may be good candidates for this procedure.


    • Bulging Discs
    • Mild Disc Herniations
    • Moderate Disc Herniations
    • Central Disc Herniations with Central Pain
    • Back and Leg Pain
    • Sciatica and Radiculopathy

    Almost two years ago, I hurt my lower back and was referred to Dr. Freeman. I’m not fixed but my back is doing better with radiofrequency ablations and mild medications. I’m thankful I found such a great Dr. Dr. Jay is also great and staff has always been kind and courteous to me. Would I recommend? Absolutely.


    Page Updated on May 20, 2022 by Dr. Freeman (Pain Management Specialist) of Redefine Healthcare Dr. Eric D. Freeman

    Dr. Eric D. Freeman is a top-rated, best-in-class pain management doctor. He is a nationally recognized pain relief specialist and is among the top pain care doctors in New Jersey and the country. He is an award-winning expert and contributor to prominent media outlets.

    Dr. Eric D. Freeman has been recognized for his thoughtful, thorough, modern approach to treating chronic pain. He has been named a “top pain management doctor in New Jersey” and one of “America’s Top Physicians” for advanced sports injury treatments.

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