Intradiscal electrothermoplasty (IDET) and nucleoplasty are minimally invasive procedures that use heat or plasma to destroy damaged nerve fibers in the spine. During IDET, a wire is inserted through a special catheter into the center of the damaged spinal disc. Once the wire is in place, it is heated with a special device to destroy small nerve fibers causing pain in the spine. Nucleoplasty, which is similar to IDET, emits a plasma field to break down a gel in the nucleus of the damaged spinal disc. As a result, a portion of the nucleus is removed, which decreases pressure in the disc. Both procedures destroy damaged nerves while sparing healthy tissue, resulting in less pain and minimal downtime post-procedure.