Non surgical treatment of a herniated disc

E-ALGOS Co-Authors Team

Updated 25 January, 2012

DISCOGEL is an intradiscal injection treatment which offers quick relief from pain.

Sciatica is a very common condition in people of all ages with prolapsed or herniated intervertebral disc in the lumbar spine. Except in very rare cases where the neurological picture (progressive and worsening loss of muscle strength and / or loss of urine and feces or emerging impairment of urination or defecation) requires immediate surgical treatment, the symptoms subside with conservative treatment.
Nevertheless, if the pain persists, then the patient must undergo an MRI and then in a minimally invasive technique, which most likely will solve the problem without the patient having to undergo surgery.
Such a new, therapeutic technique is the DISCOGEL intradiscal injection therapy which offers quick relief from pain. The DISCOGEL is a substance which consists of ethanol gel, mixed with contrast media. The drug is administered within the affected intervertebral disc, via fine needle which goes to the nucleus (center) of the disc, transdermal, without incision, under local anesthesia and fluoroscopic guidance.

Mechanism of DISCOGEL action.

The drug substance is injected into the center of the disc has osmotic action, sucking out the liquid material of the hernia from the periphery to the center of the disc and reconstructs in this way, a new disc nucleus decompressing simultaneously the hernia and therefore the pressure to the nerve root.

Additionally, the DISCOGEL seals any radial tears in the annulus fibrosus of the disk has occurred due to it`s degeneration, blocking the exit of inflammatory substances in the nerve roots.


1 .Sciatica from disc prolapse

2. Sciatica from herniated disc without free fragment
3. Low back pain from degenerative disc disease


The product was discovered in France and there are a large number of studies to monitor these patients, and five years after the implementation of therapeutic technique.
When the technique is applied with the correct indications, the success rate is over 75%. The very important advantage of this method is that it is minimally invasive, non-surgical technique that is applied under local anesthesia and the patient returns home the same day of surgery.

Specialties of doctors applying the technique

Interventional Pain Physicians
Orthopedic specialist in the spine