Barricaid® is indicated for patients at greater risk of a new disc herniation, disc collapse and return of sciatica (back and leg pain). Your surgeon can identify you as a potential candidate for the Barricaid before surgery by measuring your posterior disc height on an MRI scan. A minimum of 5mm posterior disc height is required. During surgery, if your anular defect size (hole in the disc) is between 4-6mm tall, and 6-12mm wide, you are considered at greater risk for developing a new herniation over time.
The final decision about placing a Barricaid will always be taken during surgery.
You can download a patient brochure for the Barricaid device here.
Informed consent means that as a patient, you are given all available information so you can understand what is involved in this procedure. Your doctor will explain the treatment to you, including its possible benefits and risks. You will be given an informed consent form to read and consider carefully.
There are a number of health risks that have been linked with standard discectomy surgery. They include:
There are also health risks that could occur after the Barricaid device is placed in your spine. These risks include: