The Vietnam-Germany Hospital in Hanoi has successfully performed a surgery for intervertebral disk hernia through the skin that causes less trauma for other parts of the body.
Doctors use X-ray to spot the disk, which is a flexible plate of cartilage connecting adjacent vertebrae that impart flexibility and act as shock absorbers to protect the spinal cord from impact.
A 1.5-millimeter needle is injected into the plate to reduce the pressure on it which makes the part shrink.
The method does not affect the structure of the cord or nearby tissues. The patient can leave one to three hours after the surgery.
Intervertebral disk herniation is common with injured and aging people.