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Felder-Puig, R. and Falkner, E. and Geiger-Gritsch, S. and Mittermayr, T. (2009): Percutaneous nucleotomy and percutaneous laser disc decompression. Systematic Review.. Decision Support Document 21b.

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Both minimally invasive surgical procedures are used for the treatment of backpain – additionally to, or even instead of open-intervertebral disc surgery. Percutaneous nucleotomy involves puncturing the intervertebral disc and inserting a canula through which the nucleus and anulus tissue is cut and removed, using either alligator forceps or cutter blades. Percutaneous laser disk decompression, by contrast, uses electromagnetic laser energy in order to decrease the intra-discal pressure. Conclusion: Presently both procedures are not more effective than standard interventions, such as open discectomy, microdiscectomy or chemonucleolysis.

Item Type:Decision Support Document
Keywords:Percutaneous nucleotomy, laser dic decompression, back pain, intervertebral disc, minimally invasive surgical procedures;
Subjects:WE Musculoskeletal system > WE 720-755 Back
WO Surgery > WO 505 Minimally invasive surgical procedures
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Series Name:Decision Support Document 21b
Deposited on:14 Jul 2009 23:27
Last Modified:15 Jul 2020 17:41

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