The following studies provide scientific evidence supporting the value of HydroDiscectomy:
Clinical Outcomes of Patients Treated with Hydrodiscectomy for Radiculopathy Secondary to Lumbar Herniated Nucleus Pulposus
This multi-center, peer reviwed study appeared in the January, 2013 edition of The Internet Spine Journal. The study consisted of a retrospective analysis of 50 patients who received the Hydrodiscectomy procedure after failing conservative treatment such as pain medications, physical therapy, and epidural steriod enjections. The study demonstrated a 94% improvement in back and leg pain.
The Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation Through Percutaneous Hydrodiscectomy
In this article the authors evaluated percutaneous SpineJet HydroDiscectomy for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation in 69 patients. After 270 days, ninety-eight percent of the patients reported excellent or good results. The authors concluded that SpineJet percutaneous HydroDiscectomy does not affect the biomechanical stability of the spine and does not result in serious complications.
Minimally Invasive Percutaneous HydroDiscectomy: Preliminary Report
Read further to learn about the postoperative results of 13 patients who had a percutaneous HydroDiscectomy procedure. At approximately 5½ months follow-up the authors found that 6 patients had stopped pain medication entirely and 6 patients had reduced their pain medication to 1/3 of their preoperative dose. One patient reported a poor outcome, although this was a result of returning to work too early after the procedure to perform manual labor. The 12 patients who had good or excellent results reported that they would have the procedure done again, if needed, and would recommend this procedure to other patients.
Hydrosurgical Decompression of a Large Lumbar Disc Herniation
Figure 1. Large left paracentral L5/S1 disc herniation prior to decompression. Patient had failed multiple epidural steroid injections and Coblation Nucleoplasty.
Figure 2. Reduction of defect after HydroDiscectomy. Patient experienced complete short-term relief of symptoms.