What is lumbar discography? | Dr. Andrew Cash, MD Las Vegas, Nevada
By Brooke Strickland and Dr. Andrew Cash
Lumbar discography is also known as a discogram. It is a medical procedure for patients that have not responded to less invasive treatments and are still experiencing pain that is disabling. The procedure is usually completed before lumbar fusion surgery and uses an injection procedure that shows what disc is the one that is causing the pain.
The procedure itself is usually about an hour long. Your spine surgeon or discographer will offer a local anesthetic that will numb the areas of the back being checked. Once the area is numb and cleaned, you will have needles inserted into the back and the discs in the spine are pressurized one at a time, meaning that dye will be injected into the disc, pictures are taken of the discs and needles are removed. Many times, the patient will need a follow up CT scan to look at the inside part of the discs.
There are risks and complications, as with any spinal procedure, but it can often diagnose quickly the specific cause of pain for a patient and put them on course for a targeted treatment plan for relief of the debilitating pain they experience daily.
If you think you’re a candidate for this procedure, contact Dr. Cash for an appointment at www.disclv.com.