With spinal probing procedures, the patient remains awake and is administered with a local anesthetic. A small incision is made and a cannula (tube) is inserted. A probe is inserted into the cannula and down to the disc indicated in the preliminary diagnosis under X-ray guidance.
The disc wall is gently probed to provoke the initial pain symptoms. This could take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes. This can cause slight discomfort for the patient if the disc wall is inflamed.
If the results are inconclusive, an adjacent disc may be investigated to further explore the cause of the symptoms.
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