HydroCision, a medical device manufacturer based in North Billerica, Massachusetts, announced that a new study published in the Internet Spine Journal showed promise for its proprietary hydrodiscectomy procedure. According to a press release by the company, hydrodiscectomy helped back and leg pain patients achieve a 94 percent reduction in total perceived pain.
In 2009, HydroCision launched its herniated disc treatment. The outpatient procedure could be performed under local anesthesia. During the procedure, surgeons use the company’s waterjet device to make a miniscule incision in the outer part of a patient’s vertebral disc. This outer fibrous ring, known as the annulus, can swell or rupture after a spine injury, leading to a bulge or herniation. With a small incision, surgeons can remove some of the nucleosis, the inner pulp of the vertebrae, that leads to herniations. Since the minimally-invasive operation is performed through a single cannula, many patients can safely return home within hours of surgery. The incision in a patient’s annulus is less than one millimeter in diameter.
Howard Donnelly is the CEO of HydroCision. In prepared remarks, he said, "We are excited and encouraged about these study findings." He continued, "One of our core strategic initiatives will be to continue to invest in U.S.-based research projects designed to further validate the clinical and economic value of HydroCision products for clinicians and their patients as well as government-sponsored and private insurance companies."