click to watch an animated Electrothermal Therapy procedureIntroduction to Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy

Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET) is a procedure for treatment of "contained lumbar herniated discs with annular disruption." This procedure is somewhat controversial.


IDET is a minimally invasive procedure, which uses a heated catheter in attempts to stabilize a painful disc and disable the associated nerve.

Earlier studies claimed greater than 70% of patients had improvement of discogenic low back pain after IDET treatment, but more recent studies have shown less than 40% of patients have any improvement or satisfaction after the IDET procedure.

This procedure will likely become obsolete in the near future after further independent studies are completed.

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