Chemodiscolysis with "nucleoptesis" produces drying of the nucleus by an oxygen-ozone (O2-O3) mixture. The unstable, colorless irritant gas has a pungent odor and has strong oxidizing power as well as good antiseptic, disinfectant, and antiviral properties. Ozone is prepared and administered by using a special generator to transform a small percentage of oxygen into the heavier gas. The O2-O3 gas mixture produced can be injected into either the intervertebral disc or a root foramen: 3 to 4 mL into the disc and 15 to 20 mL into the neural foramen and root canal. The concentration of the mixture is adjusted by the equipment.
The dose administered to treat disc disease is 30 to 40 ^/mL, a concentration arrived at from experimental studies resulting in the concentration best suited to dry out the nucleus and minimize inflammation.
A number of studies have been reported in the literature on the O2-O3 treatment of disc herniation with satisfactory results in appropriately selected cases.12-18
The etiology of back pain has been the topic of many scientific investigations. Such pain has been attributed to mechanical and/or inflammatory irritation of the nerve endings.19-23
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