“Pinched nerve” is a general term that is used to describe the compression of individual nerves or groups of nerves causing pain and discomfort.
Often the source of pain is a bulging or herniated disc.
- Tingling (often described as pins and needles)
In some cases, pinched nerve symptoms may include a combination of these sensations, depending on the extent of the damage and the compression of the nerve.
Possible Treatment - The Bonati Arthroscopic Laser Discectomy
In this procedure performed by Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon, Alfred O. Bonati M.D., or another Bonati Spine Institute surgeon, the portion of the disc that is causing nerve compression can effectively be removed through a small incision. With the patient awake a small incision is made on the patient’s back and the endoscopic tube is inserted.
Using specially adapted endoscopic instruments, the diseased disc material is removed and then a laser vaporizes the surrounding problem tissue. A laser is then used to shrink and remodel the remaining disc. A small loose dressing is used to cover the incision.