Barricaid is a procedure used following a discectomy and is designed to close the hole in the disc and prevent reherniation while preserving as much native disc as possible. Not all patients have the same risk after discectomy – in fact, women under 50 have Patients who have a higher risk of another disc herniation, which can cause returning leg and back pain, may be candidates for Barricaid. Proven to reduce reoperation rates, Barricaid is a barrier that plugs the hole from the inside the annulus.
If you considering discectomy surgery, contact your local NJ Spine & Orthopedic specialist to determine if Barricaid is the right fit for you.
When a patient has a limited discectomy, a small hole is often left behind in the disc. If the hole is small enough, the patient may not need Barricaid for closure assistance. However, when there is a large hole in the disc, using Barricaid may have significant benefits and is proven reduce the risk of reoperation for a recurrent herniation by 81% in an FDA approval study.
In order to remove disc fragments, your surgeon will make a small incision and complete the procedure. Once the discectomy is finished, your surgeon will measure the size of the hole in the disc and determine if Barricaid is the right option for you. If the hole is large enough, the implant is inserted, and the small titanium anchor will go into the bone as the polymer barrier is inserted into the disc to block the hole.
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The main deciding factor of whether or not you are a good candidate for barricaid is determined during the surgery. However, you can discuss with your doctor the option of using barricaid if the situation makes itself present. The following conditions can make a good candidate for barricaid:
While not everyone may need barricaid, there are many benefits that the procedure can offer those who qualify. Talk with your doctor about barricaid and learn more about how the procedure can help your recovery.
The spine is a delicate and intricate part of our body, and like with any medical procedure, some risks come with barricaid. Like any medical procedure, vertebroplasty has some risks. While experiencing any complications is rare, some of the possible side effects of the procedure include:
The best way to determine if barricaid can help you is to discuss your options with a skilled doctor. Our NJ Spine & Orthopedic professionals have experience and expert knowledge that can assist with your decision.
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As an essential part of your body, the spine helps us stand straight, move around, and control certain body functions. If you are injured or have severe pain, you may lose the ability to perform important actions. Our team can help you determine if barricaid is the right procedure for you. We can look at your pre-operative imaging scan to see the severity of your injury and what procedures you may need.
Our NJ Spine & Orthopedic team understands that each person and their injury is unique. In order to make sure you have the procedures fit for you, our treatment plans are specifically tailored to each individual’s needs. With the help of our board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons, and orthopedic specialists, you can receive the treatment you need.
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