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What is intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET)?

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Intervertebral discs act as cushions between the vertebrae of your spine. Sometimes they become damaged and cause pain. IDET uses heat to modify the nerve fibers of a spinal disc and destroy pain receptors in the area. In this procedure, a wire called is placed through an incision in the disc. An electrical current passes through the wire, heating a small outer portion of the disc to a temperature of 90 degrees Celsius. IDET is performed as an outpatient procedure.

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 

International Spine Intervention Society.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 13, 2018

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 

International Spine Intervention Society.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 13, 2018

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