Although discectomy surgery is generally considered a successful treatment, large population-based studies show a high failure rate over time1,2,3. In particular patients that have tall discs in combination with a large anular defect, confront surgeons with a dilemma: either perform a limited nucleotomy with increased risk of recurrent disc herniation, or a more aggressive nucleotomy with increased risk of disc collapse and chronic back pain over time.
Those patients may benefit from Barricaid® Anular Closure treatment. Barricaid offers surgeons an option to perform a limited nucleotomy in every patient, while closing the anulus in those patients that are left with a large anular defect following surgery.
1 Strömqvist, et al.The Swedish Spine Register: development, design and utility. Eur Spine J. (2009) Aug;18 Suppl 3:294-304.
2 Martin et al. Repeat surgery after lumbar decompression for herniated disc: the quality implications of hospital and surgeon variation. 2 Spine J. 2012 Feb;12(2):89-97. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2011.11.010.
3 Keskimäki et al. Reoperations After Lumbar Disc Surgery. SPINE (2000) Volume 25, Number 12, pp 1500–1508