Worlds first spinal transplant carried out:
I am constantly searching for new treatment options in my effort to not get fusion surgery. I have stumbled upon some research by searching the Pubmed website which I do from time to time. Given the success of this procedure I am shocked that it is not being followed up on or being performed for us spineys who are suffering bad!
Basically scientists/researchers a couple years prior to 2008 removed good intervertebral discs from recently deceased people and replaced the damaged/bad intervertebral discs with these good discs. The study and its results were published in 2008. The outcome? Where they successful YEARS out after the procedure when the trial ended in 2008? See for yourself! Be sure to also check out the pictures in this scientific study!
Here is a link to the research on the Pub Med website:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19005699
My question is, if this was so successful why is it not being performed now?! Why, currently, is our only hope damaging fusion?!
I checked the clinical trials.gov site thoroughly and no trials are being done currently or since the positive results of this study. Nothing! Replacing the bad disc(s) with a good disc(s) makes so much sense. Why limit the mobility/movement and damage the rest of the spine with fusion? Why put artificial metal (and other materials - ADR) if you can put healthy discs in its place! Why re-invent the wheel? I realize this research was done in China and the US usually drags its feet (due to the FDA bottleneck and other reasons) in regards to experimental stuff usually, and we are falling behind other countries, but come on! Millions of people are suffering daily and desperately need an option other then fusion!
I talked with my neurosurgeon about upcoming products in clinical trials (clinicaltrial.gov) as well as stuff that medical science has learned after clinical trials (Pub Med). In fact before my appointment I printed out all the relevant clinical trials and Pub Med info that was relevant to my situation. It wasn’t a lot but it was something. I didn’t talk to him about this particular breakthrough. Most of all the research that has recently been done and the clinical trials that are going on now he was in the dark about. I am sure he is not alone. He is a smart man but I think with the huge amount of research/advancement that is being done in all fields of medicine it would be next to impossible for any medical doctor to keep up with it all. That is why it is so important to make sure they know about these trials and this research! This knowledge/research needs to get to the right people.
I will be sure to talk with my Neurosurgeon about spinal disc transplantation at my next appointment! Maybe you should do the same!
I am scheduled to see him in a few weeks. Right after I get an MRI of my neck to supplement the one I had done on my T and L spine.