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What is an annuloplasty procedure and how does it help with my back pain?

An annuloplasty, also known as an intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET), is a minimally invasive and a non-surgical procedure, used to treat back pain originating from your intervertebral discs. These discs are made up of layers of collagen fibres, much like layers of an onion. The layers can tear and disc materials can leak outside the discs causing nerve irritation.  

How is annuloplasty performed?

The annuloplasty procedure: 

  • Will take less than an hour to complete
  • Involves sedation 
  • Followed by the insertion of a needle, with X-ray guidance, into the affected discs and applying heat directly into the discs through a catheter
  • The heat cauterizes the collagen fibres, closing disc wall (annulus) tears and reducing the symptoms from the disc injury
  • You will go home on the same day.
Am I a good candidate for annuloplasty?

This might be the right treatment for you if you: 

  • Have lower back pain because of a torn annulus in your disc
  • Have not had success with conservative treatments such as medications, physiotherapy and/or injections 
  • Do not wish to undergo major spinal surgeries, which have much higher risks 
What are the risks?

An annuloplasty is considered very safe and severe side effects or complications are pretty rare. Possible risks include, but are not limited to, increased pain, bleeding and infection. 

What should I expect after the procedure?

In carefully selected patients, the success rate of the procedure can be as high as 80-90%. 

You might experience some increased pain during the first couple of days, which can be relieved with medications. 

Your doctor will map out a course of treatments including: 

  • Easy stretching exercise
  • Physical therapy 
  • Avoidance of heavy lifting, bending and prolonged sitting 
  • Refrain from any strenuous sports like running, golf, tennis etc.

Your compliance with your doctor’s recommendation for the first few months is necessary for an optimal recovery outcome. 


Every condition is different, hence it is best to consult a specialist who is experienced in managing such conditions. Reach out to Dr Timothy Thor today.

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