A new treatment utilizing mesenchymal stem cells to treat patients with neck and back pain caused from degenerative disc disease, is being used by John Peloza, M.D. in Dallas. Mesenchymal stem cells are harvested from the patient’s hip bone, processed and then injected into the painful tissue during the same procedure. These particular cells have regenerative properties, helping to promote natural healing within the damaged disc or joint. There is no surgical exposure, damage to normal tissues or loss of motion in the spine.
A spine surgeon & clinical researcher, Dr. Peloza was the first in Dallas to utilize the treatment, and he is seeing great promise with pain relief for patients with degenerative disc disease. A pioneer in modern spine treatments, Dr. Peloza has been using mesenchymal stem cell therapy for years to promote bone growth in patients undergoing minimally invasive spine stabilization. This new technique has the potential to heal damaged or degenerative discs and joints with a biologic solution rather than major surgery.
Stem cell therapy can be performed safely in an ambulatory surgery center under conscious sedation in most cases, in about 30 minutes. Patients who are now considered fusion or disc replacement candidates may be treated effectively with this new technology. Dr. Peloza states “the preliminary data is impressive which is generating significant interest. As we study this technology and gain further understanding, we hope to expand the indications in order to treat more spinal conditions.”
Dr. Peloza cautions that while the procedure may be described as simple, only highly-trained spine surgeons should be performing it. “This is modern scientific spine technology, and only board certified, fellowship trained spine surgeons who understand the science of stem cells, know the indications and contra-indications of the technology, and know how to treat potential complications should be performing stem cell therapy on the spine. It is important to know where stem cells fit in the continuum of care in spine treatments. This requires physicians who carefully research their outcomes with evidence based medicine.”
Center for Spine Care offers stem cell therapy as a conservative treatment to promote natural healing for back or neck pain. Utilizing mesenchymal stem cells, this new method is used to treat patients with neck and back pain caused from degenerative disc disease.