Medical Definition of IDET

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 12/21/2018

IDET: Intradiskal electrothermal therapy, a procedure designed to relieve back pain due to damage to the disks between the spine bones.

Under local anesthesia and X-ray guidance, a needle is introduced into the disk and a catheter with a heating coil is inserted through the needle. The tip of the catheter is then gradually heated to seal the breach in the collagen in the disk wall. The aim is to kill the tiny nerve endings that carry pain signals from the site and so relieve the pain. Following the procedure, the patient should be able to leave the hospital within two hours.

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018