Herniated Disc Repair with Stem Cells and Ozone
This treatment is at the cutting edge of herniated disc repair. Our orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. Edgar Partida and Dr. Francisco Hernandez perform the procedure in the operating room while the patient is under sedation and guided with a c-arm x-ray. Most surgeons will only give you the option of pain killers or a full disc replacement surgery. You can now avoid the scalpel and the long, painful recovery.
What is the Herniated Disc Repair Treatment?
- We Start with an MRI of the back and a full blood panel
- Treatment is done in the operating room under sedation administered by our Anesthesiologist
- Ozone is Injected into the herniated disc by Dr. Partida
- 5 intramuscular shots are done around the herniated dis of 25 million mesenchymal stem cells each(125 million MSC Total)
- 100 Million Mesenchymal Stem Cells IV is administered the following day at Dream Body Clinic by Dr. Romo
Dr. Partida prepares ozone with a specialized machine for ozone therapy. Dr. Hernandez then uses the C-arm X-ray to guide a syringe into the herniated disc. The ozone is injected which reduces the size of the disc. This allows the disc to form back to its original shape. In most cases this will relieve impingement of the spinal column. The surgeons then takes things a step further by injecting 25 million mesenchymal stem cells at the facet joints of the vertibrae where the pain is. These injections are also guided by the C-arm X-ray which allows the stem cells to directly regenerate the nerves that come out from the facets and regenerate cartilage which increases space for the nerves. The mesenchymal stem cells will guide the cellular repair of the muscle, ligaments, tendons and tissue around the area. This will relieve pain, inflammation and reduce or eliminate nerve pain. The stem cells send out neurorophic factors which guide neurons to regenerate nerves. We have consistantly seen patients with severe nerve damage heal in very short time. Depending on the patients schedule we administer the 100 million stem cell IV before or after the procedure in the operating room. The IV strengthens the back muscles and helps the patient recover faster.
How Does Ozone Work on a Herniated Disc?
When Ozone is injected into the herniated disc, there is a production of antioxidant enzymes. These antioxidant enzymes effect a substance called proteoglycans, which are the building blocks of the disc. The oxidization of proteoglycans reduces the size of the disc. The anioxidant enzymes also neutralize the toxic materials present inside the inner disc space and cause shrinkage of the disc. When the disc reduces in size it typically reduces the impingement of the spinal column and that reduces or eliminates pain.
How do Mesenchymal Stem Cells Work on a Herniated Disc?
The cytokines are signalling proteins that mesenchymal stem cells (MSC’s) send out to influence cells to repair areas of inflammation. The MSC’s first guide cells that can clean up and remove any fibrosis (scarring). Then they guide cells that can regenerate the tissue at the area. They will also release exosomes which are target specific and carry a single type of cytokine, chemokine or neurotrophic factor. This means that for an injured back the stem cells will guide the healing of muscle, tendon, ligament, cartilage, bone and more. With the support system of the disc regenerated the disc can maintain it’s shape and strength.
The Neurotrophic factors released by the MSC’s will guide the neurons to fix nerve connections and repair the nerve. So if you have severe neuropathic pain like a pinched sciatic nerve the stem cells will help rebuild that nerve. The combo of more space in the spinal column from the reduced size of the disc and nerve regeneration is the most effective way to be nerve pain free.
The Doctor’s Experience
The orthopedic surgeons that perform the back treatment are Dr. Edgar Partida and Dr. Francisco Hernandez.
Both have specialized degrees in traumatology and orthopedic surgury endorsed by the Mexican Council of Orthopedics. Dr. Partida has a postgraduate (“Fellowship”) in arthroscopic surgery, endorsed by the University of Monterrey (UDEM) at the CIMA Sta. Engracia hospital, Monterrey, NL, and at the Puerta de Hierro hospital, in Guadalajara, Jal. He has taken various courses of arthroscopy both locally and abroad. One of them at Baptist Health South Florida Hospital, as a handler for the Miami Dolphins football team and the Florida Panthers hockey team. He has also taken a course in cadaverous specimens taught in Chicago Il by the Arthroscopy Association Of North America (AANA), through the Travel Fellowship scholarship programs by the Mexican Association of Articular and Arthroscopic Reconstructive Surgery (AMECRA). He completed the rotary program at the Quiron Hospital in Barcelona, Spain, the team dealing with the FC Barcelona team.
He is an active member of the Mexican Association of Articular and Arthroscopic Reconstructive Surgery (AMECRA), the Mexican Federation of Orthopedics and Traumatology Colleges A.C (FMECOT) and the Jalisco and Nayarit College of Orthopedics.
He has special interest in the treatment of injuries related to sports activities of the population, of high-performance athletes, as well as those who perform recreational sports, joint diseases that generally affect older adults and those that are produced as a result of previous fracture
Dr. Hernandez specializes in Spinal issues. Hi has an M.D. from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, NL. He then went on for a fellowship in traumatology and orthopedics from Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Sin. He is certified by the Mexican Council of Orthopedics and Traumatology.
Is the Herniated Disc Repair with Stem Cells and Ozone Treatment Safe?
This treatment is extremely safe. The guidance of the C-Arm X-ray means that there is little to no risk of the needle hitting the spinal column. The ozone has been used in Europe and Asia since the 1980’s for herniated disc repair and the safety profile is top tier. Ozone has a 99.9% kill rate against bacteria and virus’s making it extremely safe for injection. The mesenchymal stem cells we use have never caused an infection due to their strict processing and analysis as seen here – Certified Stem Cells. There have been no negative side effects reported from this treatment.
Herniated Disc Repair with Stem Cells and Ozone Treatment Benefits
- No incision
- No scarring
- No general anaesthesia, just sedation
- No hospital stay
- Virtually no recovery time
You will leave the hospital feeling great and the results will just get better over the weeks and months post treatment. Most people see improvement start within weeks and are usually pain free or vastly improved by 3 months post treatment with a small percentage seeing full results up to 9 months post treatment.
Ozone for Herniated Disc Repair Studies
- Percutaneous ozone nucleolysis for lumbar disc herniation
- Ozone Therapy as a Treatment for Low Back Pain Secondary to Herniated Disc: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
- Percutaneous Treatment of Herniated Lumbar Discs with Ozone: Investigation of the Mechanisms of Action
- Therapeutic Effect of Medical Ozone on Lumbar Disc Herniation
- Ozone Therapy for Low Back Pain. A Systematic Review
- The Biochemical and Pharmacological Properties of Ozone: The Smell of Protection in Acute and Chronic Diseases
- Percutaneous Ozone Treatment for Herniated Lumbar Discs
Post Treatment Recommendations
Bed rest advised for the first 24 to 48 hrs. This is to allow the ozone to work inside the disc.
You can begin walking again 24 to 48 hours post treatment.
We recommend 3 weeks with no heavy lifting or exercise
At week 4 we recommend you start physical rehab or light exercise and continue for 3 weeks.
You should be back to your old routine by the start of week 7.
Are there Studies to Back Up This Treatment?
Percutaneous ozone nucleolysis for lumbar disc herniation
The above study was done with 52 patients and saw a success rate of 74% with just Ozone. The addition of Mesenchymal stem cells as we do should increase the likelihood of success.
Ozone Therapy for Herniated discs is done most often in Spain and has been ongoing since the 1980’s.
Dream Body Clinic Experience
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Side Effects or Risks
The only side effects that have been documented are the following:
- 1 in 100 people will experience a slight fever for a few hours after treatment or the next day. Easy to deal with by taking a tylenol.
- Some patients experience a headache from treatment the same day or next day. Easy to deal with by taking a tylenol.
- Any injection treatment has a very small risk of infection. We do everything in a sterile environment with sterile equipment to take this risk to almost zero.
Our lab has over 8 years specializing in Mesenchymal Stem Cell research. Our lab has done a maximum of 1 billion stem cells via IV with no negative side effects. See Stem Cell Certification by Clicking Here.
As with any medical treatment, there is no guarantee of success.