Endoscopic abrasion – a possibility of stem cell therapy
The minimally invasive endoscopic abrasion does not only allow the gentle removal of slipped discs/disc protrusions, but also induces a regeneration of these discs. In general, this kind of surgery causes an enormous permanent lessening respectively removal of pain, very often directly after surgery.
The minimally invasive abrasion is neither a stiffening nor a prosthesis surgery, since the defect or degenerative tissue of the core of the disc (nucleus pulposus) is removed and the posterior cartilage ring (anulus fibrosus) remains. During surgery, the painful disc (A, reddish colored) is exposed from one or two sides through a small access. Then the posterior cartilage ring (anulus fibrosus) is opened, and the degenerative disc tissue is removed by means of a fine cannula. Afterwards, the hardened bone of adjoining vertebrae is revitalized with special reamers and fine, sharp spoons to reconstruct a healthy circulation. Small holes are drilled from which bone marrow and stem cells flood into the disc space, which builds the foundation of a vital cartilage (B-C). Due to this intervention, new supporting tissue can develop, which substitutes the antishock function of the disc. The stability and mobility between vertebrae remains. A new disc nucleus has build 2 month after surgery (D).