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How is this different from IDET

IDET or Intradiscal Electrothermal Coagulation is a procedure where a thin wire is inserted into the disc and then wrapped around inside the disc. The wire is heated so that the disc coagulates. The idea is that this will heal the tear in the annulus. Our surgeons have performed many of these procedures in the past. Unfortunately the results are not much different than a placebo procedure and hence the interest in this simple procedure has waned. Furthermore, the IDET is not indicated where there is an actual disc herniation but rather for discogenic lower back pain. Its indications are thus limited and its results questionable.