13 Jan Regenerative Medicine for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
Many chronic back patients are left with surgery as the only effective treatment option. However, the biggest problem with spine surgery is high failure rates. In fact, the likelihood of failure is so high that there is a separate syndrome known as ‘Failed Back Surgery Syndrome’ (FBSS). Almost a third of spinal fusion patients report increased back pain within a year after the surgery. A majority of spinal fusion patients report that they need strong pain medication to manage their chronic pain after their surgery. The failure rates are also high for other spine surgeries, such as discectomy and laminectomy.
Fortunately, now there are regenerative medicine treatments available to treat failed back surgery patients. These procedures use your own body’s natural healing agents – stem cells, platelets and growth factors – to slow down, suppress and even reverse inflammatory processes and renew your tissues to repair injury and degeneration. This can lead to pain relief.
Regenerative medicine procedures for failed back surgery
- Intradiscal Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) involves injecting your own platelet rich plasma back into your intervertebral discs. This activate the body’s natural healing mechanism and leads to repair and regeneration of the tissues in the spine.
Platelet Rich Plasma is obtained by taking a small amount of your blood, centrifuging it to prepare a platelet-rich plasma sample. This is then injected under X-ray guidance into your intravertebral disc(s).
- Intradiscal Stem Cell Therapy
Intradiscal stem cell therapy involves the injection of stem cells (obtained from your fat tissue) into your intervertebral discs. Stem cells are unique and can transform into any type of cell. So, when they are injected into the spine, they transform themselves into the surrounding cells. This allows natural healing and pain relief.