Discography

An injection technique used to evaluate patients with back pain who have not responded to any of the conservative treatment options. Discography is often used for planning prior to procedures such as Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy or a lumbar fusion by a spinal surgeon.

During The Procedure

The patient lies face down on an x-ray table while numbing medication and then x-ray dye are injected into each targeted disc using fluoroscopic guidance for precise delivery. The procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes. Although sedated for comfort, the patient will be awake and able to communicate the entire time. This is necessary because he/she will need to describe to the doctor which disc is the source of pain.

Recovery time is about 45 minutes and the patient will need to be driven home. Usually people can return to normal activity the next day.

Typical Outcomes

Information gained from this procedure will help the doctor decide whether Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy is called for. This data is also necessary when the doctor is consulting with a spinal surgeon on whether lumbar fusion would be advisable for a patient.

Service Providers

Dr. Chaudry

Asif Chaudhry, M.D.

Dr. Chaudhry is board certified in interventional pain management and graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

Adrian C. Dumitru, M.D.

Today a recognized expert in this relatively new field, Dr. Dumitru sums up his philosophy of practice as follows: “My patient comes first; everything evolves from that.”