• Discography

    Dr. Ring will often perform what is called a provocative discogram. A discogram is a diagnostic test in which contrast dye is injected into a disc in the patient’s spine. Discograms help to pinpoint which disc is causing the patient’s back or leg pain. It is often done to consider what further treatment is needed. As a part of the discogram, a post-disco CT scan will be scheduled to show where and how the disc is damaged. During the discogram, you may be given medication to help you relax. The area is numbed with a local anesthetic. The needle is placed into each disc being tested. Then the contrast dye is injected into one of the discs. You may feel increased pain when the contrast dye is injected. Dr. Ring will then ask if your pain is in the same as the pain you usually feel. At least three of your disc levels will be tested for comparison. After the discogram, the patient is given pain medication. The procedure takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. Dr. Ring will then have you obtain a CT scan. After the discogram results are obtained, Dr. Ring may perform percutaneous discectomy procedures. These may include nucleoplasty, dekompressor dicectomy, or biacuplasty.

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