Percutaneous endoscopic laser discectomy (PELD) could provide a solution if you’re struggling with long-term chronic pain caused by a herniated disc. Ripu Arora, MD, and the expert team at Arora Pain Clinic offer an extensive selection of cutting edge therapies including PELD at their office in Torrance, California. If you’re looking for a specialist practice that could genuinely improve your quality of life, call Arora Pain Clinic today to schedule a consultation, or use the online booking tool.

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What is percutaneous endoscopic laser discectomy?

Percutaneous endoscopic laser discectomy (PELD) is a procedure for treating patients who have herniated spinal discs.

PELD involves a small incision to insert an endoscope, an instrument used to take images of the herniated disc. Then, laser is used to remove damage from a herniated disc.

The advantages of this procedure are that it requires only a small needle and involves significantly less tissue damage than other types of discectomy.

Why would I need percutaneous endoscopic laser discectomy?

PELD is a treatment option that could benefit you if you have a herniated disc that isn’t responding to other forms of treatment.

Most patients who have herniated discs recover with a program of conservative treatments such as:

● Resting and gentle exercise
● Pain-killing medication
● Muscle relaxants
● Anti-inflammatory drugs
● Cold compresses or ice packs
● Gentle heat

The team at Arora Pain Clinic can also give you corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation. These injections contain a local anesthetic to relieve pain and enable you to undergo physical therapy.

If your back or neck pain isn’t improving using these conservative approaches, your provider might recommend discectomy surgery to remove the herniated disc or enough of it to relieve the pressure on your spinal nerves.

What happens during the PELD procedure?

Your provider at Arora Pain Clinic uses an endoscope through a needle inserted into your back. An endoscope is a flexible instrument that has a light and a tiny camera on one end. Using the endoscope, your provider can see the herniated disc in detail without having to make any large incisions.

Your provider then inserts a laser. Using the images sent back by the endoscope’s camera, your provider guides the laser to the herniated disc. The energy from the laser removes the damaged sections without the need for further cutting.

If you think PELD sounds like a potential option for relieving your unresolved herniated disc pain, call Arora Pain Clinic today to find out more, or book an appointment online.