An annuloplasty (also known as Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy) is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure for SpineOne patients have not had success with other treatments and/or injections, and who also do not want to undergo major spine surgery to remove/replace the affected disc and fuse the affected vertebrae. This procedure applies controlled levels of thermal heat directly to the effected disc Patients who have an annuloplasty are able to go home the same day of the procedure. The heat cauterizes the collagen fibers in the outer portions of the disc wall (annulus) or the inner portion of the disc wall (nucleoplasty), closing disc wall tears and reducing symptoms from the disc injury.
The patient may feel some pain during the procedure, which is an indication that the heat is being applied to the appropriate area. The needle is then removed and a small bandage is applied to the insertion point. Patients who have an annuloplasty are able to go home the same day of the procedure.