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Experimental use of stem cells in spinal fusion
I was watching The Doctors today and they had a 44 year old woman who had been suffering with extreme back pain and she took part in an experimental procedure where they inject stem cells into the cadaver bone used in fusing the vertebra together. This is supposed to make it heal just like a fractured bone would.
I'm still trying to understand the mechanics of this- would the stem cells regenerate the dessicated disc? Would it cause the nerve heal faster? Would it reverse permanent nerve damage? This lady was sitting down comfortably 1 month later and she said her leg pain is gone and feels better.
I'm a bit confused however- I was reading the episode summary and it said she ruptured 3 discs in her neck in an accident. In the footage, the surgeon asked her prior to surgery where was her pain, and she pointed to her lower back and said the pain was right sided and radiates down her leg. She also had numbness and tingling. I don't get it, she herniated discs in her neck but there was no mention of lower back problems in the summary.
Does anyone think this is viable? Would you line up to have this done? Log onto www.thedoctorstv.com and see for yourself. It's pretty interesting.