Autologous Stem Cell Therapy (AST)
There are many types of invasive treatments for back pain. Some can be quite effective but none of them actually repair the damaged disc.
Significant progress has been made in experimental stem cell treatments that can actually heal the damage that has been done to the disc.
What to Expect with the AST procedure:
The AST procedure usually takes twenty minutes and is performed within the office setting. Bone marrow, containing stem cells is extracted from the patient’s hip. The stem cells are then injected into the patient’s damaged disc using the guidance of an x-ray. Patients are usually allowed to go home and recover 30 minutes after the procedure is complete.
Patients often experience a lessening of back pain and a restoration of the degeneration in the disc over the next few months to a year. Many experience significant relief from their back pain and improved quality of life.
AST is an excellent alternative to traditional surgery for patients who want to maintain an active lifestyle and whose discs have not degenerated to the point where there is no other option but surgery.
Before you consider surgery, ask if you are a candidate for non surgical Regenerative Disc Therapy at Capital Region Special Surgery.
Regenerative Disc Therapy is NOT covered by most insurance plans.