A Non Surgical Lumbar And Cervical Spine Procedure

Degenerative disc disease is a common cause of low back and neck pain, with approximately 62% to 84% during people’s lifetime. The treatment of the neck and low back degenerative disc disease always starts with physical therapy, medications followed by injections. The next treatment step for those who fail conservative therapy has been a surgical intervention- spinal fusion.

The spinal fusion reduces pain by eliminating motion at the affected segment. Understandably, the mechanics of the spine are changed, which in turn increases stress on neighboring spinal segments. Complications of fusion are severe and include failure to fuse/instability, hardware-related issues (breakage, local pain), increased adjacent segment degeneration.

As many as one third of post-fusion patients continue to experience symptoms, often leading to repeated operations. Most of these patients are worse than they were before the surgery. In many cases the pain is attributed to torn and leaky discs. Fluid leakage from the discs causes inflammation of nerves that in turn will result in radiculopathy, also known as sciatica.

Logically, putting a seal on leaky discs would stop the inflammation, and would improve symptoms. Sealing discs “treats the cause, instead of the effect.”

How The Discseel Procedure Works

Torn leaky discs

During the Discseel® Procedure Fibrin is injected into the torn discs to seal tears within the annulus fibrosus. The Fibrin begins to heal the disc over time. Healing occurs because the biologic injected into the disc sends a signal to the body telling the body what it needs to heal (scientists call this “chemotaxis”). The discs begin to heal because collagen, which makes up a disc, is “called” into to the disc. Tears evident before Discseel®, seal with fibrin after treatment. More importantly, during the next year the disc continues to heal, thus allowing the person to avoid surgery. In some instances, patients have discs with endplates that no longer function, thus not allowing a disc to repair. Unfortunately, there is no test that shows whether the endplate of a disc is functioning. Research shows that 70% of patients who are treated with the Discseel® Procedure report they get better regarding pain, function, and quality of life. It’s important to note that of that 70%, most are patients who have failed almost all prior treatments and surgeries.

Discseel procedure is minimally invasive and lasts 30 minutes. It is usually performed under sedation and patient can go home within 40 minutes. Normal activities are gradually resumed within 24 hours.

Medical leaders have called this Discseel procedure a “disruptive technology,” with enough importance to change the spine diagnosis and treatment paradigm.

This page was published on Nov 15, 2021, modified on Nov 16, 2021 by Dr. Leon Reyfman, MD (Pain Management Doctor) Leon Reyfman, MD | Interventional Pain Management Doctor in New York City

Leon Reyfman, MD, is a top-rated, best-in-class interventional pain management doctor. He is a nationally recognized pain relief specialist and is among the top pain care doctors in New York City and the country. He is an award-winning expert and contributor to prominent media outlets.

Dr. Leon Reyfman has been recognized for his thoughtful, thorough, modern approach to treating chronic pain. He has been named a "top pain management doctor in New York" and one of "America's Top Doctors™" for advanced sports injury treatments. Among other accolades, he was voted by peers as a "Castle Connolly Top Doctors™" and "New York Super Doctors™". Dr. Leon Reyfman was a part of the medical team at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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