During standard herniated disc surgery your doctor will remove the portion of a herniated disc that is irritating or inflaming the nerve root, in order to relieve the pressure and reduce pain.
If confronted with a large hole in your disc, your doctor currently has two options:
Herniated disc surgery does not repair the tear in the tougher exterior of the disc (anulus). In other words, it doesn’t close the hole left after the protruding tissue has been removed. The pressure inside the disc – up to ten times that of a car tire – made it difficult, until now, to close the opening that remains after surgery.
The Barricaid® device is the first implant able to close the hole following discectomy surgery.