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Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression is an efficient, safe and cost-effective way to treat herniated intervertebral discs and some other medical conditions.
PLLD means Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression. We call a medical procedure percutaneous, when a part of the body or organ is accessed through the skin, with the help of a fine needle rather than through a larger cut made with a scalpel.
L stands for laser, indicating that during this type of surgery laser is used to treat a condition – in this case to vaporize the nucleus pulposus in the disc space of your spine.
Disc decompression is – as the name suggests – a process where they pressure in the affected area is released to reduce pain.
If the herniated disc is in the neck, pain can radiate into the shoulder and arms. Pain can also occur in the arms and legs when the patient coughs or moves his/her spine into certain positions.
If the herniated disc is located in the lower back, it can cause intense pain in the buttocks and thigh.
People who have a slipped disc often feel tingling or numbness in the affected body part.
Muscle weakness is a result of pressure on the spinal cord.
Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression is performed under local anesthesia.
The steps of PLDD
After the procedure, patients can return home on the same day. 24 hours of bed rest is recommended. Most patients can go back to their work within a week. Patients who do physical work have to wait a little longer, until full recovery which takes about six weeks.