Automated percutaneous lumbar diskectomy

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1991 Mar;156(3):531-8. doi: 10.2214/ajr.156.3.1899751.


The use of automated percutaneous lumbar diskectomy for the treatment of herniated lumbar disks is increasing. More than 3000 physicians have been trained to perform the procedure, and over 40,000 cases have been completed worldwide. This review describes the development of automated percutaneous lumbar diskectomy, the selection of appropriate patients, how the technique is performed, and its efficacy relative to other methods of treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / therapy*
  • Intervertebral Disc*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae*
  • Suction / instrumentation
  • Suction / methods*