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What is Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy?

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Our pain management clinc specializes in a variety of options for the management of chronic pain. One of the options is Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET) is a minimally invasive procedure that involves threading a catheter into one of the vertebral discs that lie between the vertebrae in the spine. The catheter contains a thermal coil that heats the vertebral disc, which destroys the small spinal nerves for that disc. The most common use of IDET is the treatment of low back pain originating from the vertebral disc, known medically as discogenic low back pain.

What is a Intrathecal Pump?

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An intrathecal pump is a device that delivers medication into your spinal cord through a catheter. It's most common use is to treat pain that originates from the spine with painkillers such as Dilaudid and morphine. An intrathecal morphine pump operates continuously, allowing patients to reduce the medication they must take orally.