Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy (PELD)
Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy (PELD) is a percutaneous surgical procedure for safe and sparing excision of herniated disc material.
PELD is performed by a needle which is inserted through a small opening in the skin. It allows the surgeon to access the herniated disc. During the procedure the patient is either faced down or lies on the side. Once the needle is in place it is replaced with a small tube which allows the endoscope to pass through. The herniated disc is removed using a thin tube of laser assisted endoscope. An endoscope has a camera attached with it which provides magnified images in the viewing screen.
The patient is put under local anesthesia or mild sedation and the procedure is conducted in approximately 60 minutes.