It is an efficient, safe and the best effective way to treat herniated disk. P.L.D.D means percutaneous laser disk decompression. It means a fine needle goes through the skin rather than large cut made with scalpel. Laser is used to vaporize the disk, therefore reduce the pressure over the nerve. The benefits of percutaneous laser discectomy:
- No need for general anesthesia
- No cutting and scarring involved
- Shorter recovery period and faster rehabilitation
- Low complication rate
- Immediate improvement
- A hollow needle is inserted into the herniated disk under x-ray
- A laser fiber inserts through the needle
- Laser energy vaporizes the center of disk, it crats a partial vacuum which removes the herniation from the nerve root.
How long does it take to recover? Patient can return home on the same day. 24 hours of bed rest is recommended. If you do not do physical work, you can go back to your work within a week. But if you have physical work, you have to wait a little wager which takes about six weeks.
What is PLDD? Percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) is a type of surgery in which a laser probe is inserted into the intervertebral disc space and laser energy applied for achieving decompression and neuromodulation thereby relieving the pain.