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Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression is an efficient, safe and cost-effective method to treat herniated intervertebral discs and other spinal issues.
PLLD means Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression. We call a medical procedure percutaneous, when the area or organ is accessed through the skin with a fine needle and not by an open cut.
The word laser indicates that the procedure uses laser to achieve the goal, in this case to vaporize the nucleus pulposus in the disc space of your spine.
Disc decompression is, as it suggests, a process where they release the pressure in the affected area.
If the herniated disc is in the neck, the pain radiates into the shoulder and arm. This pain can also occur in the arm and leg, when the patient coughs or moves his/her spine into certain positions.
If the ruptured disc is in the patient’s lower back, it can cause an intense pain in the buttocks and thigh.
People who have slipped disc often feel tingling or numbness in the affected body part.
Muscle weakness is a result of spinal cord compression.
Percutaneous Laser Disc Compression is a type of procedure that is conducted under local anesthesia.
The steps of PLDD surgery
After the procedure, patients return home at the day of the surgery for 24 hours of bed rest. Most of them get back to work in a week. Those who do physical work, have to wait until full recovery, which lasts about six weeks.