The Discseel® Procedure

Don’t let Degenerative Disc Disease stop you from the activities you love. The Discseel® Procedure gives hope to those who suffer from chronic back pain.

WHAT IS The Discseel® Procedure?

If you are like most back pain sufferers, you are willing to try anything to get your pain-free life back. However, not all treatment options are the same. Currently, the traditional treatments for repairing a damaged or torn spinal disc leave patients with a host of side effects, without consistently providing relief. 

Recognizing the need for a real alternative to invasive spinal fusions and discectomies Dr. Wendi Lundquist felt that she needed to provide a solution that is minimally-invasive and effectively treats long term chronic back pain. The Discseel® Procedure does exactly that. This revolutionary and minimally-invasive procedure uses an FDA-approved, 100% natural biologic called Fibrin. The Fibrin is injected into the disc, which seals the tears and allows for natural healing to occur. When Fibrin is used in combination with PRP, the disc is not only sealed, but promotes healing. That is why Dr. Lundquist offers the Discseel® Procedure as a true alternative to spinal fusions at her office in Surprise, Arizona.
 

Invented by Dr. Kevin Pauza, MD, the Discseel® Procedure actually restores the spinal discs by repairing the tears in the discs, something that spine surgeries, spinal fusions and discectomies can’t accomplish. Fibrin was first approved by the FDA to assist in facial reconstruction surgery, for splenic repair following blunt trauma, and to control cardiac bleeding. Recognizing Fibrin’s ability to effectively repair tissue that cannot be sutured or ligatured, Dr. Pauza began developing the Discseel® Procedure. 

Surgeons have attempted to suture tears in the discs of the spine without success. Overcoming this challenge with the Discseel® Procedure has led to advancements in the way Dr. Lundquist treats chronic back pain issues. Often the source of chronic pain in the back is the result of “gel” inside the annulus fibrosus leaking out of the torn disc, causing the loss of hydration and height of the disc which leads to degeneration. This leaking gel also inflames the nerves in the surrounding tissue, causing pain. Using Fibrin as part of the Discseel® Procedure not only seals the torn disc, but it also allows an individual’s body to replenish the lost cells in the annulus with new cells. The result is the restoration of the degenerated disc to a healthy state.

Essentially Dr. Lundquist’s goal is to heal the damaged discs by sealing the disc with Fibrin and instigating healthy growth of new disc tissue. 

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Spinal Fusion

The Discseel® Procedure vs spinal fusion

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.
  • The Discseel® Procedure has been successful in permanently relieving chronic back pain for over 62% of patients that previously had a failed spinal procedure, including spinal fusions.
  • The Dicseel® 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.
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What to Expect

Consultation

We provide one-on-one consultations to directly speak to the provider who will be performing the procedure. The provider will answer all questions you may have to ensure that you are confident and comfortable with the procedure. 

Annulogram

The Annulogram is a detailed process that will identify the source of your pain. This imaging will show exactly which discs are normal and which are leaking. the Annulogram provides us more information than what a normal MRI provides. 

Treatment

During the Discseel® Procedure, your provider will inject a natural biologic called Fibrin into the torn discs which will then, almost immediately seal the disc. Fibrin is a natural biologic that is FDA-approved and is made from human blood. The entire treatment process is monitored through x-rays. 

Recovery

After the Discseel® Procedure, most patients are able to walk within 24 hours. Immediately after the procedure your discs will begin healing. This process will continue over the next 12 months.

Step 2: Discseel® Consultation
Once you have completed our online application, our Patient Liaison will contact you to review the details of your applications and to answer any initial questions you may have. During that call, she will also set up your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lundquist to discuss the Discseel® Procedure and review your current back pain symptoms.
Step 3: Procedure Day
The day of the procedure will start with Dr. Lundquist performing an Annulogram. An annulogram is detailed imaging of your spine and the discs within it. This will identify your pain source. It specifically determines which discs are healthy and which disc appear abnormal and are leaking due to a tear. Anything missed by the MRI will show up on the annulogram. During the Discseel® Procedure, Dr. Lundquist will inject the biologic Fibrin into the annulus fibrosus (the outer wall that makes up your spinal disc), sealing the tears and preventing further leaking of the “inner gel,” which eliminates the inflammation of the nerves, and the source of your pain. The entire procedure is performed with image-guided through live x-ray.
Step 4: Recovery
After the procedure, most patients are walking normally within the first 24 hours. Immediately after the procedure, the your once damaged disc will begin to heal as your body grows new disc tissue. The overall healing process will continue over the next 12 months.

patient outcomes

The Discseel® Procedure has helped many people get back to the activities they love without the limitations that come with a spinal fusion.

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Location

Avondale:

3400 North Dysart Road, H131

Avondale, AZ 85392

Surprise:

15547 North Reems Road

Surprise, AZ 85374

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Phone : 623-535-9777

Email : inbox@activelifepaincenter.com

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Friday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

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