To help you learn about the Discseel® process at Southwest Spine & Sports we have compiled the list below for you to review.
1. Patient Application
The first step in determining if the Discseel® Procedure can help you relieve your chronic back pain is to complete our patient application. Doctor Wolff will review your application and any medical imaging of your spine that you provided. A patient advocate will reach out to answer any questions and to schedule your one on one consultation with Doctor Wolff at their Scottsdale office.
2. One on One Consultation
During your in-person consultation doctor Wolff will go over your pain symptoms, any previous tests or procedures you have had, and your goals for life after your procedure. This is the time to be honest and get the answers other doctors haven’t been able to provide. Doctor Wolff will then walk you through the procedure and go over what to expect up to, during, and after the procedure.
3. Annulogram Imaging
An Annulogram is a test that provides doctor Wolff with more detailed imaging than what is possible with an MRI. While an MRI can identify bulges and discs degeneration, it lacks the detail to identify tears in the disc. Often patients will have spinal surgeries such as fusions and discectomies, which fail to actually correct the issue which is the source your pain. This is the main reason for such a high failure rate for spinal fusions and why, here at Southwest Spine & Sports, doctor Wolff insists that before performing the life-restoring, non-invasive Discseel® Procedure, you have an Annulogram or Discogram.
4. Perform the Discseel Treatment
The day is finally here, and doctor Wolff is going to perform the non-invasive Discseel® Procedure on your back. During the procedure he will inject your damaged disc with the biologic called Fibrin. Fibrin is a human biologic that is found in human blood cells and is an FDA approved biologic. When the fibrin is introduced to the damaged disc, it will seal the annular tear that is leaking inner gel from the annulus. The repaired disc will begin to return it’s normal height, due to fibrin’s inherent ability to promote tissue growth. The entire Discseel® Procedure is performed with image-guided assistance to ensure accuracy and improve patient success. The procedure itself takes approximately 45 minutes and is performed in an out-patient facility.
5. Patient Recovery
The recovery process is simple and fast. After the Discseel® Procedure, most patients are walking in the next 24 hours. You may experience mild and temporary discomfort. This is to be expected and is normal. The second your physician injects the fibrin into the damaged disc and your disc is sealed, the healing process begins. The fibrin will continue to promote growth in the damaged disc for the next 12 months. On day two, you can start walking, while avoiding bending and twisting. After this, we encourage a gradual progression in duration and distance of walking as you feel better. Post-op instructions will be provided on the day of the procedure.