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Hydrocision or Hydro Discectomy

doc21A revolutionary way to treat herniated discs using the power of water to wash away back pain. Hydro Discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a high speed water stream to remove herniated disc tissue, relieving the nerve pressure that causes back and leg pain.

Spinal discs are the cushioning tissue between two adjacent vertebrae or spinal bones. When the outer wall of the disc (annulus) becomes damaged or weakened due to age or injury, the inner part of the disc (nucleus) may bulge out. This is called disc herniation, disc prolapsed or a slipped disc. Procedures or surgeries that remove this protruding tissue, relieving the pressure from the nerves, are known as discectomy.

doc19Hydro Discectomy uses a high velocity fluid jet instrument called Spinejet to cut and remove degenerated disc tissue, relieving the herniation. It does not involve cutting of any bone tissue, i.e. laminectomy or laminotomy, as is done in traditional (open) or endoscopic surgeries. It is performed as an outpatient procedure – and patient is able to go home the same day within one to two hours.


doc20Hydro Discectomy is performed using a fluoroscope, which is a machine that projects live x-ray pictures onto a monitor. This guides the physician to navigate the Spinejet device within the spinal disc accurately without using a large incision. The procedure is usually performed using local anesthesia. Once the device is in place, the water jet action works to quickly remove the herniated disc tissue. Being able to do in awake state, this procedure can be done safely even on the elderly and more sick patients who cannot tolerate general anesthesia. Moreover, the complication rates with Hydro Discectomy are negligible as compared to open or endoscopic surgeries where lots of scarring can occur post operatively that leads to ‘Failed Back Surgery Syndrome’.


What Are the Benefits of the SpineJet HydroDiscectomy Treatment?
  • It’s an outpatient procedure that requires no hospitalization
  • It offers fast recovery so you can return to work quickly
  • There is less pain
  • No bone is removed
  • There is no trauma to your back muscles or surrounding tissue
  • No general anesthesia is needed
  • It’s a clinically proven procedure!