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Stem cell treatment for herniated disc

hi I am 25 yo male from U.K.. I have suffered with lower back pain since I was 18. I had surgery on a herniated disc last year however mri scans since have shown the disc did not heal properly and I still have a herniated disc. I have been back to see the surgeon who has insisted for me to wait, he told me they are currently getting positive results with stem cell therapy which they inject the herniated disc and it repairs, no surgery needed. 

It's not a problem for me to wait as I am sure I can get through another year with back pain, however I wanted to know if anyone, more likely people in America have had this kind of treatment and is it successful. 

Plus is anyone else has a herniated disc and is struggling to exercise I highly highly recommend to go swimming front crawl only. Since I have started it has eased a lot of pain. Not cured it but it definitely helps me get through the day. 

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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    edited 01/22/2018 - 3:09 PM

    Liz, 

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I asked my doctor here in the USA he told be that it' a 5-6 thousand dollar procedure that insurance doesn't cover. Many people have had success but he thinks weight loss and core strength may do the same for me... I've heard lots of good stories about it but was told that the medical community hasn't decided yet how successful it is and it' pretty expensive for a maybe. 

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  • Thanks for the feedback. I am seeing him again in march so will update with some info 

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