Who should consider PLDD?
This procedure is specifically designed for patients with disc problems accompanied by the following:
- Severe leg, arm, neck or lower back pain.
- Pain that has not responded to six weeks of conservative treatments, e.g., bed rest, medications or physical therapy.
- Herniated lumbar discs confirmed by x-ray studies that may include one or more of the following:
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- CAT Scanning
Who should NOT consider PLDD:
This procedure is not specifically designed for the following:
- Patients who have pain not caused by a herniated disc.
- Patients with arthritis of the spinal joints, or bone spurs that may cause a similar type of pain.
- Patients who have large fragments of nuclear material outside the annulus.
- Patients who have severe spinal stenosis due only to build-up of bone in the spinal canal; patients who have spinal stenosis due to disc bulging, the most common kind, ARE TREATABLE with PLDD.
- Patients with second or third degree spondylolisthesis.
- Patients who have cancer in the spine.