How are IDET and radiofrequency discal nucleoplasty similar and how are they different?
They are similar in that a needle is inserted into the affected disk.
With the IDET, however, a wire is sent through, and heated, which denervates nerve fibers, and partially melts the annulus, which causes the body to generate new reinforcing proteins.
With radiofreq. discal nucleoplasty, instead of a heating wire inserted, a radiofrequency probe is inserted, which generates energy that breaks up molecular bonds in the gel in nucleus; this decompresses the disk and relieves pressure on both the disk and surrounding nerve roots