Herniation Relieved The laser light creates enough heat to shrink the disc wall area. The patient may feel some pain during the procedure, which is an indication that the treatment is being applied to the appropriate area.
End of Procedure and After Care The probe and needle are removed, and the insertion area in the skin is covered with a small bandage. Because no muscles or bone are cut during the procedure, recovery is fast and scarring is minimized. The patient may need a day of bed rest after the procedure, as well as physical therapy. Most may return to normal activity within one to six weeks.