Medical director: Doc. Cinchini Elisabetta

Spinal therapies

PLDD - Percutaneous laser disc decompression

Quisisana is a highly qualified centre for the diagnosis and treatment of degenerative diseases of the spine, and the only centre in Italy to perform PLDD - Laser Decompression for herniated discs and disc protrusions, the minimally invasive treatment effective against herniated discs.

Responsible: Dr. Gian Paolo Tassi
Specialist in neurosurgery

What is PLDD laser therapy

Diseases of the spinal column include protrusions, small but often annoying herniated discs; herniated discs; concentric stenosis of the spinal canal and stenosis of the foramina exiting the nerves from the spine (foraminal stenosis) and acquired or congenital spondylolisthesis.

Numerous treatments are offered, of which PLDD is the most effective minimally invasive treatment for herniated discs and disc protrusions.

PLDD is performed by Dr. Gian Paolo Tassi, the only specialist in Italy to perform PLDD according to the method of Prof. Daniel S. J. Choy, inventor of PLDD and Dr. Tassi's tutor on PLDD in New York.

PLDD is therefore a minimally invasive technique for the treatment of herniated discs and disc protrusions.
The advantages of PLDD are numerous:

  • anaesthesia is local, performed only in the affected area;
  • it is a minimally invasive treatment, as only a needle is used, without cutting the skin or muscles, without removing ligaments or parts of bone, as is the case with traditional surgery, and it reaches, under radiological control, the centre of the intervertebral disc, i.e. the nucleus pulposus;
  • no surgical scars are formed on the skin or adhesions near the nerves of the spinal column;
  • post-treatment hospitalisation of approximately 4 hours;
  • short convalescence period of approximately 15 days, with prompt return to work;
  • drastic reduction in complications of disc infection compared to traditional surgery (1 case in 1000);
Spinal column model

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Who is the treatment for

PLDD is intended for patients suffering from disc herniation or disc protrusion and spinal canal stenosis.

The diagnosis consists of both clinical neurosurgical and possibly also neurological examination, physiatric and imaging diagnostics with standard X-rays but also in flexion-extension if necessary, nuclear magnetic resonance (rmn) and computed axial tomography (CT).

During the examination and at the end of the global assessment, Dr Gian Paolo Tassi will explain in detail to the individual patient both the problem he is suffering from (presumed diagnosis) and which of the above-mentioned treatment options is most suitable in his specific case.

Dr. Gian Paolo Tassi: the only specialist in Italy to perform PLDD

Specialised in neurosurgery, Dr Gian Paolo Tassi is the only specialist in Italy authorised by Prof. Choy, the inventor of the method, to perform PLDD, with over 5000 operations performed.
He had the opportunity to do 3 different PLDD trainings at the Laser Spine Center in New York under the supervision of Professor Daniel S. J. Choy, inventor of PLDD and professor emeritus of medicine at Columbia University in New York. To date, he works all over the world.

Medical staff

  • Dr. Gian Paolo Tassi Specialist in Neurosurgery

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