The Percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) method is a treatment that lowers increased pressure in the intervertebral discs that is the cause of herniated discs.
How PLDD Works?
Laser treatment for lumbar disc herniation, practiced since the 1980s, effectively relieves pain.
PLDD works by evaporating water in the nucleus pulposus, the inner core of the vertebral disc. This excess fluid presses on the sciatic nerve, causing pain. Removing this fluid reduces pressure on the sciatic nerve, providing relief.
Who can be a candidate for the treatment?
Candidates for PLDD are typically individuals who have specific conditions related to spinal disc problems, such as patients suffering from disc herniation or disc protrusion and spinal canal stenosis.
Advantages of PLDD:
The advantages of PLDD are numerous: Local anesthesia: Local anesthesia is applied solely to the affected area. No Scar: Due to the minimal intrusion with only a small needle, there will be almost no visible scarring. OPD Treatment: Treatment lasts 15-30 minutes, followed by a 60-minute rest, allowing you to return home in about 90 minutes.
Light activity can be done the following day, but you will need to postpone sports or heavy labor for around 7 days.
Use a lumbar soft brace for 3-4 weeks.
Avoid long periods of sitting, standing, and strenuous activities.
Take NSAIDs and pain relievers as per your Doctor’s prescription.
Consider physiotherapy after 5-6 weeks, ideally in a multimodal approach.
DR. AMJAD M MOREDEN Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy and Knee Surgery, Pain Management
Dr. Raul Barrios Martinez Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
DR. CHRISTOPHER BUTCHER Consultant Orthopaedic and Knee Surgeon
PROF. DR. LESLIE CANNON Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon