The Discseel® Procedure vs. Spinal Fusion
For over 100 years, physicians have been performing spinal fusions on their patients. Although medicine has advanced significantly in the last 100 years, spinal fusions are still performed using hardware that is permanently screwed into the spine. When a patient has a portion of their spine fused, they experience permanent limitations to their mobility and flexibility. These permanent changes, coupled with the significantly high failure rate, and need for patients to manage lingering pain with opioid pain medication beg the question: Why are physicians still performing invasive spinal fusions?
The answer is simple. An average spinal fusion patient typically has multiple procedures and a lifetime of follow-up, which can add up to over $250,000 in insurance payouts during the patient’s lifetime. The poor outcomes and long term side effects are what led to the creation of the Discseel® Procedure. To better understand how the two procedures compare here are some facts to consider:
- Over 40% of spinal fusion patients don’t find relief from their long term chronic pain.
- Nearly 1 out of 3 spinal fusion patients need a second fusion within 10 years of the original fusion surgery.
- A staggering majority of spinal fusion patients report that post surgery, they still require strong pain medication to manage their chronic pain.
- 70% of Discseel® Procedure patients report an improvement and a reduction in overall pain.
- The Discseel® Procedure is a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure, whereas spinal fusions are not only invasive, but they leave scars and requires days of recovery time in the hospital.