Why the Discseel® Procedure Works?
“A wise surgeon said: 'spine fusions remain unchanged since their inception in 1911.' This was before Ford's Model T, and is why patients beg for improvement." Dr. Pauza
The Discseel® procedure uses a substance called fibrin that is made from human blood. It is an FDA approved biologic that is used off-label, analgous to corticosteroid used for epidural injections. Corticosteroid is an FDA approved drug, but is not indicated for the epidural space, yet physicians recognize its help with patient's back pain. Pauza uses non-autologouos fibrin in the same manner. He introduces it into damaged discs in your lumbar and/or cervical spine. It seals the disc, becoming a part of the disc, and then promotes disc tissue to grow in patient's discs. During the Discseel® procedure, part of the process is to look for torn discs as evidenced through live x-rays obtained during the annulogram and then, seal the torn discs with fibrin during the Discseel® procedure. The goal of the fibrin is to seal torn, leaky discs and promote regrowth of disc tissue.
Before today, the main options for bulged and degenerated discs were surgery, narcotics, injections with corticosteroids or living with pain, which is why Dr. Pauza developed the Discseel® procedure after caring for hundreds of patients who were made worse following their spine surgery.
A spine surgeon once commented: "One hundred years from now, they'll be shocked that patients allowed metal rods, plates, or cages to be implanted into their bodies." The fibrin used in Discseel® will likely replace expensive, unsuccessful fusions. One can see into the future by observing the past. For example, in the past, painful hip joints were fused to the pelvis using metal plates. This analogy parallels the spine fusions of today.
The Two Phases of Discseel®
Phase 1 - The disc is sealed, on its way to recovery
During the first phase of the Discseel® procedure, the disc seals, with the goal of instigating regrowth of the disc tissue.
Phase 2 - During the next year, the disc continues regenerating into a healthy disc
During the second phase of Discseel® procedure, the disc heals. This occurs because the biologic injected into the disc, sends a signal to the body telling the body what it needs to heal (scientists call this "chemotaxis"). The discs begin to heal because collagen, which makes up a disc, is "called" into to the disc. Tears evident before Discseel®, seal with fibrin after treatment. More importantly, during the next year the disc continues to heal, thus allowing the person to avoid surgery. In some instances, patients have discs with endplates that no longer function, thus not allowing a disc to repair. Unfortunately, there is not test that shows whether the endplate of a disc is funtioning.