Imaging evaluation of the candidate for percutaneous lumbar discectomy

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1989 Jan;(238):83-91.


Percutaneous lumbar discectomy has been advocated as an alternate means of treating lumbar disc disease. A disc treatable by this method must not be free in the spinal canal and cannot be above or below the disc space. Magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and discography all can be valuable in selecting patients for percutaneous lumbar discectomy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc / pathology*
  • Intervertebral Disc / surgery
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / diagnosis*
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / surgery
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / pathology
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / surgery
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed