I’ve blogged on NQ in 2010, after she received a Regenexx-C disc procedure and reported very good resolution of her leg pain which was being caused by by a L5-S1 disc bulge. At that time, I posted some sagittal MRI films (side view) showing an improved disc bulge after the stem cell disc procedure. More recently, I reviewed her follow-up films taken this month (14 months after the disc stem cell procedure) and saw again that her stem cell treated disc still looks better. This time I compared the axial films (above) which are a top down look at the disc. In the Sep 2009 films, note the white dashed line that outlines the disc bulge as it pushes into the spinal canal and crowds out the descending S1 nerves. After the disc stem cell treatment, there’s much less of a disc bulge in the spinal canal (Jun 2011). I also had the opportunity to follow up on her clinic records and confirmed that her sciatic symptoms are still much better. While all patients treated with the Regenexx-C disc procedure may not get these same results, we were able to help NQ’s disc without surgery, but simply a highly accurate injection of her own specially processed stem cells into her low back disc.
Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications. View Profile
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