Electrothermal Decompression (EDD)
This procedure is similar to IDET, except it is used for larger herniated discs. A heating element is used to modify the protein wall of the disc and reduces the amount of disc material that causes nerve irritation. The procedure involves a special wire (decompression heating element) which is guided into your disc through a spinal needle. An x-ray is used to confirm the catheter placement in the disc. The disc is heated for a short period of time determined by the physician. The catheter and needle are removed, and you will be discharged home with specific instructions.