The chemonucleolysis treatment refers to the chemical destruction of the nucleus pulposus and to achieve this, an oncologist would administer a chymopapain injection. It is injected into the intradiscal area so that the cementing protein of the nucleus pulposus is hydrolysed. This leads to the decrease in water binding capacity so that the disc is reduced in size and is subsequently, dried. It is an ideal herniated disc cure for those individuals who have not responded to conventional therapy. Before starting the chemonucleolysis for herniated disc, it is crucial to confirm that the disc is the major cause of the excruciating lower back and leg pain in the patient. This can be detected by a myelogram or a CT scan or a discography. The patient would then have to get admitted in the hospital a day before starting the herniated disc cure or it may also be done at the out-patient department. You may be given a local or general anaesthesia but it is important to have an intravenous access before the treatment starts. Then the oncologist would get the patient in a left lateral decubitus position so that the disc can be accessed through a needle. Sometimes, discogram can also be performed to determine the exact position of the needle and then the enzyme would be injected right at the required point and then the needle is withdrawn. The recovery process would extend for about 6 to 12 weeks and your doctor may ask you to perform some exercises for herniated disc for better results.
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