Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET)
Disc Disruption can be treated with a number of different approaches,
including physical therapy, fusion surgery and IDET. IDET
is a newer treatment aimed at less invasive approaches with shorter recovery
time. It is usually limited to 1 or 2 discs and involves threading a catheter
around the leaking nucleus pulposis and heating it to a temperature that seals
the leak. Over a period of the next several months scar tissue forms within
the disc. There are many variations on this theme, but basic treatment is
the same. Some practitioners use an epidurascope to actually visualize the
tear to be treated and some use operating lasers.
from IDET takes several months. This may require pain management during this
time period. Physical therapy is also highly recommended for good outcome.