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Discover Nucleoplasty at CFIPain for pain relief. Effective treatment for herniated discs that reduces disc material to relieve pressure on nerves.


Nucleoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure designed to reduce disc material and relieve pressure on nerves. This advanced technique effectively treats herniated discs by providing significant pain relief and improving function. At CFIPain, we offer Nucleoplasty as part of our comprehensive approach to pain management, helping patients regain their quality of life.

What is Nucleoplasty?

Nucleoplasty, also known as percutaneous disc decompression, involves the use of a specialized device to remove small portions of the herniated disc material that is causing nerve compression. The procedure is performed using a small needle and a catheter that are inserted into the disc through a tiny incision in the skin. This minimally invasive approach reduces the pressure on the spinal nerves, alleviating pain and improving function without the need for open surgery.

How Does Nucleoplasty Work?

The primary goal of Nucleoplasty is to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves by removing the herniated disc material. During the procedure, a small needle is inserted into the affected disc, and a catheter with a special tip is guided through the needle into the disc’s center. The catheter then uses radiofrequency energy or other methods to break down and remove small portions of the disc material. This process reduces the volume of the disc, decompressing the nerve and alleviating pain.

Conditions Treated with Nucleoplasty

Nucleoplasty is primarily used to treat herniated discs, a condition where the inner gel-like substance of the disc (nucleus pulposus) protrudes through a tear in the outer layer of the disc (annulus fibrosus) and presses on nearby nerves.

This procedure is particularly effective for patients who experience the following symptoms:

• Lower Back Pain: Persistent pain in the lower back due to herniated discs.

• Leg Pain and Numbness: Pain, tingling, or numbness in the legs (sciatica) caused by nerve compression from herniated discs.

• Reduced Mobility: Difficulty walking or standing for extended periods due to pain and weakness in the legs.

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Benefits of Nucleoplasty

There are several benefits to using Nucleoplasty for the treatment of herniated discs, including:

• Reduced Pain: By removing the herniated disc material that is pressing on the nerves, Nucleoplasty provides significant pain relief.

• Improved Function: Patients often experience improved ability to walk and stand for longer periods without pain, enhancing their overall quality of life.

• Minimally Invasive: Nucleoplasty is performed through a small incision, reducing the risks and recovery time associated with traditional open surgery.

• Outpatient Procedure: Nucleoplasty can be performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day and resume normal activities with minimal downtime.

• Faster Recovery: Due to its minimally invasive nature, Nucleoplasty typically results in a quicker recovery compared to more invasive surgical options.

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The Procedure

The procedure for Nucleoplasty typically involves the following steps:

1. Preparation: The patient is positioned on an examination table, and the lower back is cleaned and sterilized. A local anesthetic is applied to numb the area, and the patient may receive mild sedation to help them relax.

2. Guided Needle Insertion: Using fluoroscopic guidance (real-time X-ray imaging), the physician inserts a small needle through a tiny incision in the back and into the herniated disc.

3. Catheter Insertion and Disc Material Removal: A catheter with a special tip is then guided through the needle into the disc’s center. The catheter uses radiofrequency energy or other methods to break down and remove small portions of the disc material, decompressing the affected nerve and relieving pain.

4. Post-Procedure: After the procedure, the patient is monitored for a short period before being discharged. Most patients can resume normal activities within a few days, although some may experience mild soreness at the incision site.

Potential Risks and Side Effects

While Nucleoplasty is generally safe, there are potential risks and side effects, including:

Temporary increase in pain at the incision site

Soreness or bruising at the incision site

Infection (rare)

Bleeding (rare)

Allergic reaction to the anesthesia or medications (rare)


Nucleoplasty offers a valuable treatment option for individuals suffering from herniated discs. By reducing disc material and relieving nerve pressure, this procedure provides significant pain relief and improved function, allowing patients to regain their quality of life. If you are experiencing chronic lower back pain and difficulty walking due to herniated discs, consult with our specialists at CFIPain to determine if Nucleoplasty is the right treatment for you.

How to Get Started

Ready to take the first step towards a pain-free life? Call us today at 352-559-0354 or fill out our online form to schedule your appointment.

Our friendly staff is here to assist you with any questions and guide you through the process. Don’t wait—start your journey to better health today!