New Research Shows Low Back Fusion Surgeries May Not Be Very Effective

Back Fusion surgery has been a frequently used treatment for chronic lower back pain. It is a very invasive surgical procedure that replaces a disc or multiple disc segments with screws and hardware.  Unfortunately, this surgery is extremely common in the United States, as it is one of the most common inpatient surgeries performed in our country.

Potential Problems with Surgical Interventions for Back Pain

Unfortunately, however, there is growing evidence that back fusion surgery may not be as effective as once thought. This surgery can have high rates of surgical complications, continued chronic back pain (after the surgery), muscle damage, and ultimately no better results than non-surgical interventions. For years, many patients have reported that their pain did not improve, and in some cases made it worse, despite being told that their surgery was successful.

More and more patients are opting for minimally-invasive, nonsurgical treatment options to battle their chronic back pain. One new, safe, and highly effective treatment option is a form of regenerative medicine using autologous bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). These MSCs are some of the most potent healing cells in the entire body and are what is used in our procedures at The Michigan Center for Regenerative Medicine. All of our procedures are performed by board certified physicians in our own state-of-the-art laboratory thanks to our affiliation with industry leader Greyledge Technologies. Our highly-trained physicians are well versed in the proper injection techniques using x-ray and ultrasound guidance. This ensures that the stem cells are properly placed to achieve the best result. These multiple factors allow our patients to see results equal to the industry leading stem cell clinics across the entire country, without ever leaving southeast Michigan.

Stem Cell Banking to Treat Future Conditions

Additional cells that are harvested can also be banked for future use as studies have shown that regenerative medicine holds significant promise for treating other age related diseases. Studies have also shown that stem cells become less effective as we age, so it’s important to look into stem cell banking as early as possible.

The team at the Michigan Center for Regenerative Medicine understands how difficult and debilitating chronic back can be. Deciding the best treatment plan for you can be overwhelming. Before you move forward with a surgical procedure with a long recovery time and spotty evidence about effectiveness, consider regenerative medicine as a way to use your own healing cells to treat your condition. For more information or to schedule a time to meet with a member of our experienced staff, call us today at (248) 216-1008.

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