The Biodisc® Procedure
The Biodisc® Procedure
The Biodisc® procedure begins with a consultation where a spine specialist will speak with you one-on-one to allow for you to discuss the best treatment options for your condition. The physician will want to complete a full medical history review and go over all prior imaging scans taken. He will want to make sure you are confident and comfortable with the process and will be able to answer all of your questions prior to the procedure. Next an annulogram/nucleogram will be administered to help to accurately identify the source of your symptoms and condition. This will allow for the physician to determine if your discs are abnormal and are leaking. This is a more accurate diagnostic approach than an MRI imaging test.
The Biodisc® Procedure:
- Intra-nuclear Stem cell Injection
The physician injects stem cells sourced from your very own body, including bone marrow concentrate stem cell therapy or platelet rich plasma therapy, which will help heal the damaged spinal disc, and prolong the longevity of the Biodisc®treatment.
- Intra-annular Fibrin Sealant
After injection of stem cells into the spinal disc nucleus, the physician will inject your own natural biologic sealant, called platelet rich fibrin, into the torn disc annulus. The fibrin will help to seal the stem cells in the disc nucleus, prevent further the leakage of the damaged spinal disc, and prolong the longevity of the Biodisc® treatment.
Conditions treated with the Biodisc® Procedure
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is considered a group of symptoms that may result from gradual the wear and tear of the spinal discs. The Biodisc® Procedure is a regenerative procedure that helps to promote the growth of the disc while also sealing the disc tears.
A herniated disc occurs when the center of the disc pushes through tears in the annulus fibrosus. The Biodisc® procedure can help to relieve your discomfort and pain and return you to the pain-free lifestyle you have been missing out on.
Annular tears are caused by the gradual wear and tear of vertebral discs. Tears occur in the annulus fibrosus and cause fluid to leak out of the disc, thus irritating nerves and causing pain, numbness or tingling throughout various areas of the body. Biodisc® can help to repair the annular tears and helps to fix the damage done to the disc.
Biodisc® Procedure vs. Spinal Fusion
The spine is meant to move. Spinal fusion does not support the natural movement of the spine, and in fact does the complete opposite. The idea does seem straightforward: stopping movement stops additional damage from occurring. However, the reality is, stopping movement in a spinal segment places greater stress on adjacent segments (above or below the fused areas) of the spinal column, creating more damage in the process.
The number one determining factor whether or not a fusion surgery will deliver the desired reduction in pain is an accurate preoperative diagnosis, meaning a diagnosis that clearly identifies the underlying cause of a patient’s pain. Identifying degeneration of other changes in the spine is not sufficient-the diagnosis needs to identify that those changes in the spine are actually causing the patient’s pain. Many people have a bulging disc, herniated disc, and other issues with their spine, but no pain.
So why are doctors not recommending other procedure options? The answer is: An average spinal fusion patient is worth somewhere between $250,000 and $750,000 in insurance payouts over the patient’s entire lifetime once they go through with their first spinal fusion surgery. Cell Bionics Institute offers a comprehensive spine functional restoration program to help patients with all of their spine care needs. With every treatment, we work to help with your current health situation, while also keeping your future health in consideration. The Biodisc® procedure is a much less invasive option, with a much more shortened recovery period than a more invasive procedure, such as spinal fusion surgery. See if you might be a candidate for Biodisc® today.