What is IDET and How Does it Help with Back Pain?
IDET stands for Intradiscal Electrothermal Annuloplasty. The therapy is a relatively new and fairly advanced procedure that is also minimally invasive. The procedure is designed to target patients who suffer chronic lower back pain that is caused by herniation of their lumbar discs.
Typically, the patients who are candidates for IDET Therapy are those who do not respond to traditional forms of pain therapy for longer than 6 months. The procedure is accomplished by cauterizing the nerve endings within the spinal disc wall in order to help block pain signals.
The IDET Procedure
The procedure has a number of simple steps involved:
- A local anesthetic is applied
- A small hollow needle is inserted into the affected disc and a catheter heating wire is passed through the needle.
- The catheter tip is then heated, the heat contracts and thickens the collagen fibers making up the disc wall.
- The catheter is removed along with the needle and after a short period of observation the patient will go home.
- A lumbar support is worn for 6-8 weeks followed by an appropriate course of physical therapy.
What to Expect After the Procedure:
Pain relief will not be immediate and in fact may increase during the first couple of days. However, with proper physical therapy and time, patients can see remarkable results although it is not recommended to engage in any strenuous sports for 5-6 months.