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  • markissia
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    Dr. Corenman I am looking information about the cost of the injection with Discogel.I am from Greece and I know that in my country this therapy came in 2011.Is it better with the cost the treatment with discogel than the surgery?
    Thank you!

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    I at this point do not perform the discogel surgery. I am uncertain of the long term outcome and this product has not been out long enough to confirm safely or longevity. The substance used may be inert or may cause some long term reaction. Only time and appropriate studies will tell.

    Dr. Corenman

    olimpia7
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    My uncle had the surgery with discogel, but after the surgery the recovery has been taken already 1 week and a half, he started to have pain in his leg and got assigned by his doctor some strong painkillers because of that. My question is: What are the post surgical complications of this surgery and is it normal having those kinda leg pains after 1 week when the surgery took place??

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Discogel is a material that is inserted into the disc space to attempt to restore the nucleus (the jelly in the jelly-filled donut). The hope was that replacing the nucleus would restore the height of the disc and reduce back pain.

    There are two problems with this surgery . One is that the annulus (the outside “donut” wall) is not restored and still has the tears that occurred with the initial degeneration. The discogel insertion will not restore the integrity of these walls and they can remain pain generators.

    The other problem is that this gel material has to stay confined within the center of the disc space. The tears in the disc wall have to be through and through to insert this material into the center of the disc. This entrance hole can also be the exit hole for this discogel material and this material can act as a disc herniation to compress the nerve root. A new MRI will be necessary to determine if this complication has occurred.

    Dr. Corenman

    majid
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    Hi
    As a Neurosurgeon with more than 15 years experience in spine surgery,
    during last year, I used discogel injection for more than 50 patients with one, two or Three sever discopathy (without sequestration) in cervical or Lumbar area with sever intolerable radicular pain with no response to medical treatment that, Open back surgery had been suggested for many of them. But after conversation with patients and describing the best choice of treatment for them, surgical intervention or discogel injection according to severity of their herniated discs, they prefered to get discogel injection before surgical intervention.
    Our results were very interesting and after discogel injection, just for 2 patients, surgical intervention was done.
    I think it is amazing and I prefer to use discogel injection before surgery for suitable cases.

    Best regards

    Majid Zohrabi MD
    Neurosurgeon

    drzohrabi.ir

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    I am confused. Discogel was used on patients with disc herniations and radiculopathy (leg pain) but no lower back pain or with lower back pain?

    I assume that you performed the discectomy prior to placing the discogel. How do you differentiate the relief of pain from the discogel vs. the microdiscectomy?

    Have you thought of publishing your results as these results are so superior to any that have been seen in the USA?

    Dr. Corenman

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