Back pain disrupts your life. In addition to physical damage and even disability, it can wreak emotional havoc by worming its way into your relationships at home and at work. If nonsurgical treatments have been unable to relieve your pain, a minimally invasive surgical treatment may be a good option. A minimally invasive procedure offers a smaller incision, less scarring and risk of infection, and a faster recovery time.
With some minimally invasive surgical options, the solution to your back or neck pain problems may already be inside you. One of the newest frontiers in minimally invasive spine surgery is regenerative medicine, which uses your body’s own stem cells to promote recovery and healing. Stem cells are cells within your body that can differentiate into specialized cells. This allows them to be used to replace and repair damaged organs or tissue, including spinal discs and cartilage.
Stem cells can be harvested from your own body, and then injected into the affected tissue to repair it. These cells are stored throughout the body, and can be taken from different body parts — including in bones or fat — and used to replace injured cells in other body parts. In the case of spine surgery, after any necessary procedures are done to repair a painful or damaged disc in your spine, your own stem cells can be injected into the disc. The stem cells will regenerate and replace the cells in the injured area, promoting healing and restoring your spine.
If you have persistent back pain that has not responded to nonsurgical treatment, and you would like to avoid having a highly invasive procedure, regenerative medicine offers a new path back to living a pain-free life. The surgeons at the Spine Institute Northwest are excited to be at the forefront of this new area of pain medicine, and can answer all of your questions and explain your options. Your body may be causing you problems now, but with regenerative medicine, your body also contains the solution.