What is a lumbar percutaneous discectomy?

What is a lumbar percutaneous discectomy?

The goal of a lumbar percutaneous discectomy is to decompress the nerves by removing deviated disc material and disc fragments. It is a minimally invasive procedure that involves making a very small incision and inserting a tiny surgical needle between the vertebrae, into the middle of the disc.

What is percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy?

Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) is a new technique for the decompression of the lumbar disc space and removal of nucleus pulposus via a posterolateral approach. The method is indicated in patients with nonsequestrated lumbar disc herniation with an intact dorsal longitudinal ligament.

How long does a percutaneous discectomy take?

Percutaneous discectomy is a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure that produces good results in the majority of patients who undergo it. The surgery itself takes about 30 minutes, and the whole office visit is less than two hours long.

What is the purpose of a percutaneous discectomy?

A percutaneous discectomy (percutaneous procedures are done by needle-puncture of the skin) removes part of a herniated disc that is irritating a nerve, resulting in prompt pain relief.

Is a percutaneous discectomy the same as a Microdiscectomy?

A percutaneous (through the skin) discectomy (also called endoscopic discectomy) is similar to microdiscectomy. With a percutaneous discectomy, an endoscopic (small tube) is inserted through a very small incision in the skin, between the vertebrae and into the middle of the disc.

Is percutaneous discectomy safe?

Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy is a safe and effective procedure in lumbar disc prolapse. It has the advantage that it can be performed on a day care basis under local anesthesia with shorter length of hospitalization and early return to work thus improving the quality of life earlier.

How much does a percutaneous discectomy cost?


Procedure CPT Code Bundled Price
Percutaneous discectomy 62287 $6,000
Endoscopic Lumbar Medial Branch Ablation 22899 $5,800
Spinal Pain Management
Procedure CPT Code Bundled Price

Is a discectomy painful?

A lumbar discectomy is completely painless as it is done under anesthesia. The patient will feel nothing except the pinprick of the injection needle. Post-surgery, there is likely to be some amount of stiffness and pain that can be relieved with painkillers.