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Anesco Interventional Pain Institute

Minimally Invasive Procedures

South Florida’s Anesco Interventional Pain Institute specializes in non-surgical and surgical techniques for treating pain conditions. Most types of pain can be managed conservatively, without the need for surgery. The decision to have surgery depends on the type of condition and severity of pain.

People with herniated or bulging discs may need a minimally invasive procedure to repair the disc. Special procedures can also be performed for people who have limited success with injection therapy for nerve pain.

Minimally invasive techniques reduce the risk of complications, minimize pain and scarring, and shorten recovery times. The procedures are done in an outpatient surgery center, which means you get to go home the same day of surgery. You will need to have someone drive you home if anesthesia is used.

The most common procedures performed by our interventional pain specialists in Margate and Fort Lauderdale, Florida are described below. Visit our patient education center for more conditions and treatments.

Radiofrequency Neurotomy / Ablation

People who experience short-term relief from nerve blocks may be candidates for this more advanced procedure. Most people get relief from nerve-related pain for a year or longer. They can be performed for neck and shoulder pain (cervical facet neurotomy) or low back pain (lumbar neurotomy). Read more in our patient library:

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation uses electrodes to stimulate spinal cord nerves located above the epidural space. It is often used to treat chronic pain of the trunk and/or limbs after other options have failed.

Discography / Nucleoplasty / Discectomy

People who have back pain that radiates to the legs may have a damaged disc. A discography is a diagnostic test used to identify which disc is causing pain. A contrast dye is injected into the suspected disc(s), and a CT scan is performed to see the damage.

Nucleoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat a mildly herniated disc or bulging disc. A special device transmits heat or radio waves to repair the disc. The procedure can be done through a needle or with a very small incision.

A discectomy may be required if a herniated disc is pressing directly on a nerve or the spinal cord and causing considerable pain. The surgery may also be necessary to remove broken pieces of a disc or surrounding bone. A lumbar discectomy can treat severely herniated discs in the low back.

Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty

Fractured vertebrae can be fixed using these two techniques – vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. People who have osteoporosis are prone to fractures and may end up needing this procedure. A special cement mixture is injected into the fracture to fill the empty space, which reduces pain and restores mobility.

If you have any questions about an upcoming procedure or you want to schedule a consultation with one of our Ft. Lauderdale or Margate pain doctors, please contact us at (954) 580-8838 or use our online appointment request form.

What Is Interventional Pain Medicine?

Interventional pain medicine is a relatively new but growing field that utilizes a variety of procedures such as injections, nerve blocks, and physical therapy to treat painful disorders and injuries. Interventional pain physicians are board-certified anesthesiologists with subspecialty training in pain medicine.

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