Hydrodiscectomy Study Suggests 94% Improvement In Back and Leg Pain

In short

HydroCision, Inc., has been training its water jets on spinal procedures, now announcing positive results from its newly published multi-centre study.


Herniated discs are a leading cause of disability among Americans less than 45 years of age, leading as they do to chronic back and leg pain in a sizeable population.

Results of a new study published in the January edition of the Internet Spine Journal demonstrate a 94% improvement in back and leg pain for patients receiving so-called Hydrodiscectomy treatment, in which a high velocity water jet is used to decompress herniated discs.

The procedure avoids the collateral thermal or mechanical trauma associated with other surgical modalities and can be performed through a needle-sized cannula thereby minimising patient post-operative pain and recovery time. Patients undergo local instead of general anesthesia in an out-patient setting and are able to return home the same day with no more than a Band-Aid® on their back.

The study consisted of a retrospective analysis of 50 patients who received the Hydrodiscectomy procedure after failing conservative treatment such as pain medications, physical therapy and epidural steroid injections.

Company comments

“We are excited and encouraged about these study findings,” said Howard Donnelly, CEO adding that “one of our core strategic initiatives will be to continue to invest in US based research projects designed to further validate the clinical and economic value of HydroCision products for clinicians and their patients as well as government sponsored and private insurance companies.”

Source: Hydrocision, Inc., Business Wire