Dr. Corenman post=1006 wrote: This product is new. According to the concept which I copied below from the manufacturer’s site, this product is designed to denature the proteins in the disc. This means this product will break the proteins down which are designed to absorb water and hold pressure in the disc.
This is a repeat of the old chymopapain treatment that was dropped some years ago because of serious complications. Any product that denatures proteins can leak out of the disc space into the canal. Unfortunately, the canal is full of proteins. If this leaks out into the canal, disaster can occur. I would not consider this to be a treatment that I would want my patients to undergo.
FROM THE MANUFACTURER SITE: “The latest development in this area is the intra-discal micro-therapy with DiscoGel®. This treatment method, which as developed by French researchers, utilizes a congealed alcohol mixed with a contrast agent, which is injected through a thin cannula directly into the intervertebral disc. The compound results in a loss of the water storage capacity of the intervertebral disc by denaturation the proteo-glycan matrix of the nucleus pulposus. This in turn results in a progressing decompression of the effected spinal nerves within hours to a few days”.
DiscoGel is the percutaneous injection of radio opaque gelled alcohol. When in comes in contact will water it forms an solid artificial nuclear prothesis so the chances of it leaking are slim and none.
Even if it did leak it’s alcohol so it cannot harm adjacent tissue it is not proteolytic. Papain IS a proteolytic enzyme and is will not become solid and it will damage adjacent tissue.
In all the clinical trials there were ZERO adverse reactions. The same cannot be said for the any other treatment offered to Americans. It is 86% effective so compared to fusions and the crappy ADRs available to Americans DiscoGel is far superior.
So Doc is it that you don’t know that alcohol won’t dissolve tissues or are you being less than honest?
Folks, if DiskoGel, Ozone diskectomies and NeoDisk and M6 were available in the US the spine surgery market would be cut in half.
If you want your spine fixed right and you can afford it, go to England, Spain, Germany or Brazil.
Check out any spine forum and read what people are saying about American surgeon VS foreign surgeons. As to you “Dr” I’ll be discussing you and watching you.