the Spinejet high speed waterjet Tool used to perform miminally invasive procedures


SpineJet uses a high-speed water stream to remove herniated disc tissue, thereby relieving the nerve pressure that causes back and leg pain. It generates power equivalent to laser and radio frequency technologies without causing heat damage to surrounding tissues and structures. SpineJet is inserted into the disc by dilating the annular fibers or outer wall of the disc. As a result this approach offers significant advantages over traditional surgery and is far less traumatic.

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Who Performs This Procedure?

HydroDiscectomy can be performed by neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and pain management specialists trained in discectomy techniques. This procedure is typically performed in an outpatient surgery center or in a pain management center.

What Are the Benefits of the SpineJet HydroDiscectomy Treatment?

  • It's an outpatient procedure that requires no hospitalization
  • It offers fast recovery so you can return to work quickly
  • There is less pain
  • No bone is removed
  • There is no trauma to your back muscles or surrounding tissue
  • No general anesthesia is needed
  • It's a clinically proven procedure!

If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc in the lumbar region of your spine (L1 through L5) that is causing nerve root compression

If your disc is bulging but the material inside the disc (nucleus) has not ruptured into the spinal canal

If your pain has not improved after four or more weeks of nonsurgical treatment (physical therapy, pain medication, and/or epidural steroid injections)

If you have signs of nerve damage in your leg (severe weakness, loss of coordination, or loss of feeling)

If your symptoms are getting worse

If you do not have other spine conditions such as narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) or spinal instability that may be the primary source of your pain.

What can I expect from HydroDiscectomy?

Before the Procedure

  • Your physician may perform x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT scan) to determine the location and severity of your herniated disc.
  • You may need to avoid certain medications and herbal remedies before your procedure. Your physician will advise you about what to avoid.

During the Procedure

  • HydroDiscectomy is performed using a fluoroscope, a machine that projects live x-ray images onto a monitor. Your physician uses these images as a guide for placing the SpineJet device within the spinal disc without making a large incision.
  • The procedure is usually performed using a local anesthetic so you remain awake.
  • Your physician will insert the SpineJet by dilating through the fibers of the disc wall.
  • Once the device is in place, the water-jet works to quickly remove the herniated disc tissue.
  • The entire procedure takes only 20 to 30 minutes.

After the Procedure

  • In most cases, you will be able to go home the same day as your procedure
  • Plan on bed rest with gentle stretching for several days
  • You may need over-the-counter or prescription pain medication for several days
  • You may be able to return to work in about 1 week (consult with your physician because recovery times vary depending on your condition, occupation, etc.)
  • You should avoid long periods of sitting, bending, twisting, and lifting for several weeks
  • You may be able to start a stretching or physical exercise program after about a week
  • Everyone recovers at different rates - your physician will provide a recovery plan that is best suited to you

Clinical research has demonstrated that HydroDiscectomy is more than 80% effective for patients who meet the above criteria. You should consult with your physician to determine the treatment options that are best suited to your needs.

Find a physician who has been trained on the HydroDiscectomy procedure to see if you are a candidate.

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