What is nucleoplasty?

Nucleoplasty is a term for a minimally invasive technique that uses radiofrequency energy to treat disc conditions such as a herniated disc. Surgeons use this procedure to remove a portion of a damaged disc in the neck or back that is compressing a nearby nerve root and causing pain and limited mobility. They often perform nucleoplasty when a disc is mildly damaged due to an injury or a degenerative spine condition, such as the presence of a bulging disc.

Laser Spine Institute performs a minimally invasive discectomy, which shares a muscle-sparing approach but has some key differences to nucleoplasty. Patients who undergo minimally invasive discectomy at Laser Spine Institute still experience a shorter recovery period and a lower risk of complications when compared to traditional open back procedures.^ If you are still experiencing chronic neck or back pain despite having already exhausted conservative treatment options, you may want to consult your physician about a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery.

How to determine if nucleoplasty is your best option

Undergoing any type of spine surgery takes a lot of consideration. There are generally several surgery options available for any type of spine condition, which means that you should heavily research all of your available options before moving forward with surgery. When researching minimally invasive nucleoplasty, you will often find information that compares the procedure to traditional open back surgery. That is because, while the two types of procedures have the same goal, their approaches are vastly different, and the difference in techniques is usually the main deciding factor for many patients.

Traditional open neck or open back surgery approaches the spine through a large, highly invasive incision that requires the surgeons to cut and detach the muscles surrounding the spine. This additional and often unnecessary cutting can leave the patient more susceptible to excessive blood loss and surgical complications than those who choose a less invasive approach. At Laser Spine Institute, we have a 98 patient satisfaction score, and our patients are often up and walking within a few hours of surgery.^

Find out more

For more information about the benefits of choosing minimally invasive surgery to treat your damaged disc or spine condition, or to learn about the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute, please contact our team at Laser Spine Institute today. We’ll be glad to provide you with a free MRI review* to determine whether you may be a candidate for our procedures.