The procedure should lower recurrence rate to 3%, as opposed to 31-50% for dogs treated medically and about 19% for dogs treated surgically.
Using the guidance of a fluoroscope (real time x-ray machine), needles are placed into the nucleus of the disc. A small laser fiber is then placed through the needle into the nucleus and activated for 40 seconds. This laser surgical treatment liquefies the disc material, and scar tissue forms, which prevents the disc from herniating and injuring the spinal cord in the future.
Treated dogs can go home the next day and recovery period lasts two weeks. After that the dog can return to normal activity.
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