Intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET) is a minimally invasive technique designed to reduce low back pain caused by the lumbar disc. This procedure is performed with local anesthesia and light sedation that uses fluoroscopic guidance to thread an electrothermal catheter through a needle into the lumbar disc. Power is then turned on and the disc is heated for 15 to 20 minutes.
Intradiscal electrothermal therapy heats the outer layer of the disc where the pain receptors are located, which alters the fibers of the disc and eliminating pain receptors as well.
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