Discseel® is a revolutionary minimally-invasive treatment for low back pain. The treatment consists of performing an annulogram under live X-ray guidance to look for tears in the spinal discs. If tears in the discs are found, they are sealed with an FDA-approved 100% natural biologic called fibrin. The Discseel® procedure is a true alternative to spinal fusion that can provide long-lasting relief from chronic back pain.
Every surgeon knows patients with continued back pain after back surgery including spinal fusions. We now know that tears in discs are the cause of spinal pain in many patients. Torn discs can leak, and this leaking can cause inflammation, making nerves sensitive to even the smallest of mechanical forces.
Spine treated with tiny needles for The Discseel® Procedure
Spine treated with screws and rods for lumbar fusion
Spinal fusion surgeries are life altering procedures indicated for serious conditions such as spinal instability or cancer. They unfortunately have a high failure rate when it comes to treating spinal pain. Spinal fusions often cause a “Domino Effect” where adjacent spinal levels are more prone to damage because of the lack of mobility in the segment of the spine that has been fused.
During your in-person consultation, the doctor will discuss your symtoms, medical and surgical history, and review your radiologic studies. He will answer your questions, including those that may not have been addressed by other physicians. When your pain interferes with your sleep or activities, it is time to seek help.
The Annulogram™ is a test that identifies subtle tears in the discs that MRIs and discograms cannot. This allows us to be proactive, addressing small tears before they progress to large tears or herniations. During this test, contrast dye is injected into the annulus of the discs in the region of pain under x-ray guidance.
The Discseel procedure takes less than an hour and you will be offered mild sedation. After the annulogram identifies tears in the discs, these tears are injected with fibrin which is an FDA approved biologic used in an off-label manner, similar to the use of steroids for epidural injections. Fibrin has a long history of safety in use in the spine. The fibrin will seal the disc tears and promote tissue growth over the following months, helping to heal the discs.
Following the Discseel® Procedure, you will rest in the recovery area for about 30 minutes. Most people experience increased or different symptoms before improvement. We like you to walk with assistance initially, then increase your activities at 10% increments until you are at 100% of your desired activity level. Most patients experience relief after 3 to 6 months as discs heal slowly.
Herniations, bulges, protusions, degenerative disc disease, even spine arthritis and bone spurs are all caused by annular tears. Surgery cannot heal tears and instead worsens them.
As we get older, the vertebral discs can start to exhibit wear and cause some health problems. A common problem is tear in the annulus fibrosus, or annular fibers, commonly referred to as an annular tear or leaky disc. Those tears are the precise source of underlying disc and sciatica symptoms.
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Herniated Discs Occur as a Result of Annular Tears Herniated discs do not cause symptoms; it is leaking liquid gel, known as the nucleus pulposus, that causes symptoms and weakness.
All adults have degenerative discs. Degenerative disc disease is simply the appearance of torn discs. It’s only the leaking of the nucleus pulposus as a result of a torn disc that causes pain. Surgery cannot heal these tears and instead worsens them.
As we age, spinal discs obtain wear and tear that can lead to annular tears. These tears may cause disc desiccation (dehydration), leaving the spinal discs thin and unable to cushion the vertebrae. Degenerative disc disease can lead to other spine conditions as well, but annular tears are the underlying cause of degenerative disc disease and its symptoms.