Volume 60, Issue 1 (13 2002)                   Tehran Univ Med J 2002, 60(1): 68-75 | Back to browse issues page

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Ghaffar Poor M, Ghelichnia omrani omrani H, Saber Tehrani MM, Ghanaati H. Laser Disc Decompression In Emam Khomeini Hospital 1996-1999. Tehran Univ Med J. 2002; 60 (1) :68-75
URL: http://tumj.tums.ac.ir/article-1-1284-en.html
Abstract:   (10558 Views)

Low back pain is among the most frequent medical complaints and a major public health problem. 1.7 percent of cases are caused by herniated disc, 20 percent of which require interventional treatment. Percutaneous laser disc decompression (P.L.DD) can be considered as an effective therapeutic alternative in certain cases.

Materials and Methods: To determine the efficacy of this method in Iran in patient's with low back pain due to disc herniation, 40 patients according to medical history, physical examination and MRI findings were selected for this study. Patients who had canal stenosis, marginal, osteophyte, advanced disc dehydration, ruptured posterior ligament and other contraindication were excluded. CT scan was used only for needle navigation. After proper positioning of needle, nucleous pulposus was evapourated with Nd-YAG laser. Total energy was 1200-1600j. The procedure was done out patient and follow up has been done at 1 day, 1 week, 1,3, 6 and 12 months.

Results: There was no serious complication. 80 percent of patients in one-year follow up showed significant clinical improvement.

Conclusion: Our findings suggests that percutaneous laser disc decompression can be considered as an effective alternative method of treatment for disc herniation and patient selection is the critical factor which determines success rate.

Keywords: Disc
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