"Plasma nucleoplasty, or plasma light, is an innovative technique in Portugal that allows the treatment of disc hernias. A thin layer of fiber optics is fed through a plasma heat source, which is applied in a very precise location of the disc, under imagiologic control, without lesion of paravertebral and neural structures adjacent. To relieving tension on the nerves, it also takes away the pain. The technique is already being applied since October in Lapa's Column Center, operating at Lapa Hospital, in Oporto. It can be applied to the hernias of the "contained" discs (non-extruded), which account for about 70% of all hernias. However, not everyone is a candidate for this innovative technique ... "