Spine Procedures
Discography

Discography

Discography is a diagnostic technique used to determine the source of back pain and allows doctors to more effectively determine the best course of action for treatment.


Discography

A discography is a diagnostic procedure used to determine if one or more discs are causing a patient’s back pain. The procedure involves pressurizing discs with an injection of sterile liquid and helps doctors plan a course of treatment regarding the back pain.

Before the procedure, patients lie on their side or stomach and receive an intravenous line that provides relaxing medication while keeping the patient awake enough to communicate with the doctor. After a local anesthetic is applied near the location of the pain, the minimally invasive AccuCision® Spine procedure starts with the doctor inserting a guide needle to the outer edge of the disc while using a special x-ray device to make sure the needle is in the correct location. A smaller needle is then inserted through the guide needle and into the center of the disc. This can be repeated for each disc the doctor needs to examine.

Once all needles are in place, the doctor pressurizes each disc one at a time, using an injection of contrast dye to create a build-up of pressure in the disc. If at any time the patient feels pain, the doctor will ask them to compare it to the pain they were experiencing before the procedure. If the pain feels the same, then the currently pressurized disc may be a diseased disc. After all discs are tested, the doctor takes images of the possibly diseased discs with the special x-ray device.

The entire minimally invasive AccuCision diagnostic procedure usually takes less than an hour. After the procedure, patients may experience soreness that lasts for a few days.

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