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What is Discectomy?

Discectomy Classified as a decompression procedure, the purpose of a discectomy/ microdiscectomy is to relieve nerve pressure, compression, or irritation. The surgeon removes the portion of the herniated disc that is affecting a nearby nerve and causing pain, weakness or numbness. A microdiscectomy is a similar procedure as a discectomy, only done through a smaller opening often including a tubular access port.

Why is it important to close the hole after a discectomy?

When a disc herniates, it’s because a hole or weakness has developed in the wall of the disc and the material inside the disc has been pushed out. The surgeon performs the discectomy though this access point. If a large hole is left open, there is a 27%+ chance of reherniation and the return of pain and symptoms. Barricaid is design to close the hole by creating a barrier against reherniation.

The Barricaid Procedure

What is Barricaid?

Barricaid is a small implant, slightly larger than a pencil eraser that is designed to plug the larger holes in the disc wall. It is made up of a titanium boneanchor which secures the polymer plug into the disc space to repair and reconstruct disc wall. Barricaid has been shown to reduce the need for a second operation by 81%.

How does Barricaid work?

When a patient has a limited discectomy, a small hole is often left behind in the disc. If the hole is small enough, the patient may not need Barricaid for closure assistance. However, when there is a large hole in the disc, using Barricaid may have significant benefits and is proven reduce the risk of reoperation for a recurrent herniation by 81% in an FDA approval study.

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How do I know if I need a Barricaid?

Barricaid is a procedure used following a discectomy and is designed to close the hole in the disc and prevent reherniation while preserving as much native disc as possible. Not all patients have the same risk after discectomy – in fact, women under 50 have Patients who have a higher risk of another disc herniation, which can cause returning leg and back pain, may be candidates for Barricaid. Proven to reduce reoperation rates, Barricaid is a barrier that plugs the hole from the inside the annulus.

Is Barricaid Safe?

Barricaid was proven safe and effective in a rigorous study presented to the FDA. Based on this strong clinical data, the FDA approved the Barricaid device for implantation into the spine after a discectomy. Barricaid has been implanted in over 10,000 patients and has been proven biomechanically stable by independent laboratory testing. Patients have been followed out to ten years with positive results.

How does recovery time differ with Barricaid?

In a Barricaid study, patients receiving the device were able to return to work an average of 3.6 weeks later, much faster than recent discectomy studies which averaged 9 weeks. Once the soreness at the incision site fades, patients are told to return to activity without limitation. Talk to your doctor about their recommended recovery protocols.

Schedule an appointment and find out if Barricaid is right for you!

As an essential part of your body, the spine helps us stand straight, move around, and control certain body functions. If you are injured or have severe pain, you may lose the ability to perform important actions. Our team can help you determine if barricaid is the right procedure for you. We can look at your pre-operative imaging scan to see the severity of your injury and what procedures you may need.

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