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Stem Cell Treatment for DDD Back Pain & IVD – Spinal Discs

UPDATED August 15, 2019 – It keeps us upright, helps to carry a large part of our weight, and is equally flexible and stable. The human spine is an anatomical marvel that consists of millions of nerves that connect our brain to all nerves in the body. The spine is a highway for sending messages between the mind and body. Our spinal cord is protected by vertebrae bones that and form the shape of the spine. Even the slight injury, loss of disc height or degeneration to the back vertebrae or surrounding tissues can result in severe back pain.

spinal-degeneration-intervertebral-discsWhat is DDD?

DDD or Degenerative disc disease is an age-related medical condition that gets diagnosed when one or more of the intervertebral discs (discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column) breaks down or deteriorates. Lower lumbar disc disease is often painful and can significantly impact the quality of a patient’s life. Disc degeneration is a normal part of the aging process, and for many senior individuals, DDD isn’t an issue. For others, however, a degenerated disc may cause severe pain and chronic discomfort in the knee joints, back, hip joint, shoulder joint, and neck areas.

Cause of Spinal Disk Deterioration

Degeneration of the spinal discs can happen for a variety of reasons. Simple events like walking, carrying heavy loads, repetitive movements, and shock playing sports cause micro-injuries to our spinal column day after day. Often these events go unnoticed thanks to the vertebrae that act as a shock absorber. Every time the shock absorbers get used, a tiny amount of synovial fluid gets released to help “lubricate” the joints. During the sleep cycle, the discs can rebound back to the initial stage, but over time, damage to chondrocytes and synovial cells from stress and inflammation causes this mechanism to loses its effectiveness. This damage over time leads to asymmetric joint space narrowing, osteophytes, subchondral sclerosis, and cyst formations.  A healthy spinal disc is formed of a few parts including the nucleus pulposus at the center of the spine and surrounded by the annulus fibrosus, which is a fibrous ring. The center nucleus pulposus area is very soft, jelly-like substance that is well hydrated. Over time and constant wear and tear, the nucleus pulposus (NP)  begins to get stiff and dehydrated. This dehydration leads to the reduction in disc height & disc space narrowing, which causes excess stress on the annulus fibrosis. This stress leads to cause damage to the annulus resulting in instability of posture and back pain. Such a scenario is diagnosed as intervertebral disc degeneration or DDD.

Spinal Lumbar Degeneration

This spinal degeneration disease occurs slowly and gradually but often are felt first in the lumbar spine region because they are exposed to heavier loads more often than the discs in the neck (cervical spine) region. The spinal degeneration of intervertebral discs between the ( L5-S1) lumbar vertebra L5 and the lumbosacral segment S1 are most frequently affected. With symptomatic degenerative disc failure, chronic lower back pain radiates towards the hips, or often there is a discomfort within the buttocks or thighs while walking, stem-cell-treatment-herniated-lumbar-disc-300other symptoms such as sporadic tingling or weakness in the knees might also be evident. Physical pain or discomfort might also be felt while bending, sitting, lifting, and twisting.

Chronic neck pain may also be brought on in the upper spine. Patients often report discomfort or pain radiating towards the arms, hands, and shoulders. The distress the patients feel in the neck may interrupt healthy blood flow going to the brain, which then consequently affects the memory and other cognitive skills. This interruption in the blood flow might also trigger headaches and vertigo.

Types of DDD – Discogenic Pain

Its location and stage of deterioration typically describe the severity of DDD:

  • Cervical Disc Disease: This kind of DDD happens in the neck (cervical spine) region of the spine
  • Thoracic Disc Disease: This type of DDD happens in the middle-back area of the spine
  • Lumbar Disc Disease: This type of DDD degeneration in the lower back region of the spine.

Any back related pain that is associated with intervertebral disc disruptions is referred to as “discogenic” pain. Depending on the severity of disc bulge, the pain can be mild or very sharp. Some patients report feelings of lancinating, stabbing or burning sensations while others commonly report frequent with numbness and tingling in extremities.

4 Stages of Degenerative Disc Disease

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  1. Stage 1 of Degenerative Disc Disease is the very first sign of disk deterioration to the spine. In Stage 1, there may be damage to the shape/curvature of the spine, which affects posture. Surrounding nerves and joints are frequently inflamed due to stress and begin rapidly age. Despite the slight loss of disc height, some patients experience very little pain or overall discomfort.
  2. Stage 2 Degenerative Disc Disease occurs once the condition worsens, disc space narrows, and bone spurs (bone deformations) start to appear. The changes in a patients posture become more apparent, and disc desiccation and narrowing have begun. Stage two patients often report frequent discomfort and pain.
  3. Stage 3 of Degenerative Disc Disease is when the condition has reached advanced stages with multilevel disc desiccation, apparent changes in posture, disc thinning, damage to surrounding nerves, bone spurs, and formation of scar tissue due to constant inflammation. For most patients, this stage results in significant deterioration of the physical condition, chronic pain resulting in additional mental stress.
  4. Stage 4 of Degenerative Disc Disease is the most severe form of subluxation degeneration or diffuse disc bulges and sometimes not treatable even with stem cells. At this late stage, the damage to the spine can be severe with virtually no disc height ( bone on bone), reduction in flexibility, chronic back pain, damage to the root nerves, a fusion of bones resulting in additional scar tissue and minimal abilities.

Herniated Spinal Discs

A herniated disc is also known as a bulged, slipped or ruptured disc. This type of DDD occurs when the nucleus of a disc is pushed out of the center annulus, into the spinal canal. This is typically caused by a rupture or tear rupture in the annulus ( fibrous ring) and causes pressure on the surrounding nerves resulting in pain.  About 90 percent of all cases herniated disc failure occurs in the lumbar spine region (lumbar disc herniation) but can also affect the thoracic spine (thoracolumbar) or sacrum (lumbosacral areas) of the spine. Risk factors that can increase the risk of having a herniated disk include Excess body weight, causing stress on the lower back discs. People with very physically demanding jobs also have a much higher risk of getting back problems. Unbalanced repetitive motions involving lifting, pushing, twisting, pulling, bending sideways can also increase the risk of getting herniated disks. Lastly, genetics plays a part for some as people can inherit mutated genes that increase the risk of you developing herniated discs.

Diagnosing DDD Spinal Stenosis

To diagnose DDD and cervical degenerative disc disease, an orthopedic doctor examines the patient medical history and performs a physical examination. An MRI scan is often needed to identify areas of damage but for patients

stem-cells-spinal-stenosiswho are unable to have MRI Scans a computed tomography (CT) scan can be used to identify vacuum phenomenon, slippage of discs, cracks/defects in the bone structure or damage to soft tissue structures inside the spine. Our functional medical team can also use Radiology scans can also help identify spondylolisthesis (slippage) in surrounding discs so that patient can be graded and offered treatment depending on the scale and severity of the vertebra degeneration.

Treatment for Multilevel Degenerative Disc Disease

For early stage of DDD or to manage the initial pain of degenerative discs, a combination of treatments is available including:

  • Over-the-counter pain medications & muscle relaxants can help treat temporary acute pain. Over long term use, these medications can cause serious side effects or be addictive so they must be used with extreme caution and sporadically as needed
  • Ice and Heat compression can be used to improve blood circulation, which can help to reduce tension, muscle spasms and improve mobility
  • Massage therapy can help to reduce muscle spams and stress in the low lumbar region. Thai massages are often used to reduce inflammation and pressure on the spine which can help to reduce pain
  • Epidural steroid injections can be administered to reduce pain signals and inflammation. EDI injections are a temporary solution can be injected directly into the space surrounding the spine

Combination Treatment for Spinal Stenosis & Disc Space Narrowing

Surgery for DDD

Surgical treatment of DDD another option for mild to severe degenerative disc disease but is usually recommended if nonsurgical therapies were ineffective. Surgery for Degenerative Disc Disease can result in additional complications ( failed surgery) or irreversible damage along with extended recovery periods requiring frequent rehabilitating that can affect daily life. Operations to treat DDD can include:

  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery, which is considered the standard surgical option for the treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease. This type of fusion surgery joins two vertebrae surgery-for-dddtogether with the goal of reduction in pain by eliminating possible motion at the vertebral segments. Spinal fusion surgery can entirely remove the disc space (discectomy) or use bone grafting or artificial scaffolding implants to help stabilize the spine or end plates with screws and rods. The fusion surgery allows the vertebrae to grow together, changing two joints into one solid structure. Vertebrae Fusion can take months to heal and requires pain medications, physical therapy, and back braces to help stabilize & strengthen the lumbar region as the Vertebrae heal.
  • Intervertebral disc annuloplasty (IDET) surgery used to seal/contain the damage by trying to eliminate the irritated nerves causing pain but heating the damaged disc to 194° F (90 °C) for 15 minutes
  • Cervical corpectomy surgery is used for cases with cervical degenerative disc disease and seeks to remove portions of the vertebra and intervertebral discs to provide relief and to allow for natural decompression of the spinal nerves and cervical spine. Metal endplates, screws and bone grafts are then used to stabilize the area to allow the spine to heal
  • Anterior cervical discectomy is a surgical procedure that targets the cervical spine and endplate sclerosis. The damages intervertebral cervical disc is first removed then replaced with a bone graft or artificial substitute, and over time, the graft fuses with the vertebrae.
  • Facetectomy surgery is most often used in treatments for facet joint disease and surgically removes part of the facet joint to help increase the space and reduce pressure caused by spinal degeneration and collapsed discs
  • Dynamic Stabilization surgery is usually done after discectomy. This procedure is performed with an implant that acts as a stabilization post and to relieve extra pressure from the spinal disc by focusing any pressure through the posterior section of the spine. Dynamic Stabilization surgery can be done with flexible rods, Dynesys screws (Pedicle) or Wallis ligament, which are interspinous spacers with bands. The goal of this surgery is to try to mimic natural movements and maintain mobility by allowing the section to flex and extend as naturally as possible.
  • Laminoplasty surgery is used to try to create more space for the nerve roots and spinal cord and to try to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. The Laminoplasty procedure does not require the fusion of bones and can help preserve routine spinal rotations and movements.
  • Foraminotomy surgery is used to enlarge the vertebral foramen, which helps to increase the space for root nerves. Foraminotomy surgery is often combined with laminotomy surgery but can also be done alone for symptoms of vacuum disc phenomenon
  • Laminotomy surgery is used to remove pressure on the irritated nerve roots by removing a small portion of the lamina. This is a very risky procedure that requires a significant operation that often results in substantial residual scar tissue and postlaminectomy syndrome complication
  • Microdiscectomy surgery is a new minimally invasive procedure that targets the damaged portions of herniated discs. In a Microdiscectomy procedure, the nucleus pulposus is removed using lasers or a surgical instrument that is guided by a microscope. This procedure is often used to treat sciatica leg pain but does carry some risk, and potential for failed surgery can lead to complications including cerebrospinal fluid leak (caused by dural tear), infection, additional Nerve root damage, Deep vein thrombosis and the potential to cause a buildup of fluids in the lungs resulting in pneumonia
  • Spinal decompression surgery is considered a non-invasive procedure to temporarily enlarges the IVF region (intervertebral foramen) which can help to treat collapsed discs & rehydrate sections of the spinal discs
  • Percutaneous disc decompression surgery is used to reduce or eliminate portions of a damaged / bulging disc through a needle that is inserted into the discs
  • Spinal laminectomy surgery if most often used to treat spinal stenosis. Spinal laminectomy can help to relieve pressure on the spinal cord by removing, trimming, or widening portions of the lamina. This procedure can help to create additional space for the irritated spinal nerves
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery or Intervertebral disc arthroplasty is also referred Total Disc Replacement (TDR) or Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR.) TDR surgery is another alternative to spinal fusion surgery but mostly used in cases with advanced degenerative disc disease. The artificial spinal disc surgery first removes the damaged spinal disc (via discectomy) then implanting an artificial disc device to help return the disc space to a functional heigh.

The artificial spinal discs are typically made up of:

  1. Central core made of polyethylene (surgical-grade plastic) or metal alloys that can bend or turn natural and allow for movements at the spinal segment
  2. Two metal endplates that are covered in a bio-pours coating that can be attached to the vertebral bodies. The surface helps with the bone to graft itself to the device

Recovery from A Total Disc replacement surgery and pain relief can take 6-12 months and might require periodic spine adjusts to ensure successful grafting without additional complications.

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Treatment for Desiccated Discs & DiscopathyDDD-Before-After-treatment-MRI

When the discomfort and pain from degenerative spine & degenerative disc disease are severe, conventional operative therapies are often ineffective. For these inoperative conditions, adult autologous stem cells can offer an innovative non-surgical therapeutic method to reverse bulging disc degeneration and address the chronic low back pain at its root. Chronic lower back pain due to degenerative disc illness impacts an estimated 17 million individuals worldwide. While short-term solutions can be achieved by the use of analgesics, steroids, having enough rest and frequent physiotherapy, there are still many people diagnosed with discopathy whose conditions rapidly become worse despite the traditional treatments that were recommended by the orthopedic surgeons.

Treatment Options for Herniated or Bulging Discs

If you are in this type of situation, you are often left with no other alternative but back surgery. The risky surgical method usually involves a spinal fusion or sometimes complete replacement of the degenerated disc with an artificial disc. Stem cell injections for back pain and MSC+ cell treatment for degenerative disk disease is currently the most reliable alternative to back fusion surgery and to contain endplate osteophytes.

Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease

The Regeneration Center offers cutting edge cell based treatments for spinal diseases such as DDD. The cellular approach is unique as it uses therapeutic levels of enhanced Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC+ Cells.) These MSC+ cells can differentiate into stem cells of chondrogenic lineage. This lineage of cells is especially beneficial for patients with DDD for therapeutic cartilage regeneration. The powerful exogenous cells can differentiate into chondrocyte cells and help to modulate the local areas of damage, help support new growth, promote anti-inflammatory cytokines (pro-inflammatory cytokines) and enhance the bodies natural immunomodulatory functions. Disc regeneration therapy offers an effective alternative to back surgery is disk regeneration using enhanced stem cells for pain management, help heal and restore nerve sensations. The Regeneration center offers the most advanced treatment for sports-related injuries and chronic degenerative disc disease. Our stem cell injections for back pain is much safer than invasive surgical procedure and seeks to treat the actual cause of the disease and reverse the condition through a targeted multi-step treatment to regenerate the damaged discs to their normal, healthy state.(23951558)

Stop Back Pain without Surgery

Alternative to Fusion and Back Surgery

before-after-mri-stem-cells-sports-injuries-prp-Orthokine-regenokineThe Regeneration Center offer mesenchymal stem cell therapies for neurological & spinal conditions to repair the degenerative state of the spinal disks and surrounding tissue. We offer Autologous and Allogeneic stem cell therapies using CD34+ stem cells is safe and effective for those with advanced degenerative disc disease and severe back pain due to failed surgeries. Our center uses isolated and expanded MSC+ cells that have immunomodulatory properties and decrease the damage of tissue by immune cells. These MSC+ cells take advantage or the paracrine cell signaling mechanism to secrete neuroprotective factors and recruit angiogenic properties that help to restore the damaged areas of the spinal cord and also help to increase blood supply to surrounding tissues. (19584814)  Patients with severe degeneration, peripheral neuropathy or multiple ailments including strokes, ataxia or artery disease may require a combination therapy using a combination of stem cells from Umbilical Cord Tissue or Placenta-derived stem cells. Patients undergoing disc regeneration for DDD can expect minimal discomfort with safe cell isolation methods and delivery systems. Improvements are noticed pretty quickly after the first treatment starting with a reduction in pain while the body starts going through its natural regenerative cycle. (22593830).

CLINICAL TREATMENT PRECAUTIONS & RISKS
Please note Stem Cell Therapies for Spinal and Orthopedic conditions are not appropriate for all injuries. Patients with severe scarring, multiple injuries, or underlying conditions that create travel restrictions may not qualify for the 2-week treatment protocol we offer. Please contact us for eligibility requirements

If you are currently experiencing slight to moderate discomfort or pain from a bulging disc or Herniated disc with lupus and you may be an ideal candidate for our innovative treatment using the proven safe and effective adult stem cell therapy for allowing the spinal discs to regenerate without surgery.

Stem Cell Treatment for Degenerated Discs

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Number of Cell Infusions for DDD will depend on patient needs. Most patients with mild to moderate DDD require multiple infusions of Hematopoietic Mesenchymal (MSC+) Stem cells per Treatment stage. Severe cases with multiple comorbidities may require several stages for sustained recovery.

Types of Stem Cells and Delivery Methods: Enhanced MSC+ Mesenchymal cells & disc regenerative therapy protocol will depend on the severity of the underlying degeneration as needed. Our cell enriched treatments do not require any invasive surgeries, and the delivery of the cells are made via radio guidance (when necessary) or more commonly through an Intravenous Drip, Direct injection or Intrathecal Injections. To learn about the basics of stem cells, visit here.

Post-Treatment Physical Rehabilitation & Pain relief: Physical Rehabilitation after your treatment for DDD is optional depending on your travel restrictions. Complete physical rehab is available for 2-4 hours per day and up to 5 days per week. Also, regenerative medical packages, medical visas and extended stay accommodations for the patient + family/friends can be provided upon request.

DDD Treatment Guidelines

Safety and efficacy are very important therefore all clinical treatments for degenerative discs with stem cells require a minimum of 14-16 nights in Bangkok, Thailand. Due to the varying degrees of spinal disc damage experienced by each person, our orthopedic stem cell team will need to qualify all potential candidates before a detailed treatment protocol can be provided. Upon approval, the detailed treatment plan will be furnished and include the specifics such as day by day treatment calendar with all appointments, the exact total number nights required along with the total medical related costs (excluding accommodations or flights). To begin the treatment qualification process for our multi-stage DDD treatment in Bangkok, please prepare your recent medical records such as (MRI or CT Scans) and contact us today.

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30 comments

  • Hello, guest
  • Hi,I suffer from Chronic back pain from DDD, I have had two surgeries on my L4/L5 & L5/S1.I have had a micro discectomy on both discs as well as a lamanectomy. I still suffer from back pain now not some much nerve pain, I have 3 damaged discs L3/L4 L4/L5 L5/S1.Is this something that you would be able to help with ? 
  • I surfer an herniated disk L5-S1. What kind of treatment could you offer me ? How long would it take ? How long should I stay in your facility ? How much does that cost ?
    • Support Team
      Hello Mr Delvallee, Thank you for contacting us about your lumbar degenerative disc disease. The treatment we offer in Bangkok normally takes 2 weeks in total and we have emailed you more information to the email provided.
  • I am 59 and have DDD in L2 and L3.  Up until about 2 years ago (not due to DDD) I was very active.  I enjoy hiking, rappelling, diving etc.  I ignore the pain during activities and hope I am not causing further damage.  However, if treatment is an option, I would like to know more.  What is the duration and frequency of treatment?  What is the approximate cost.  Are any of medical records of benefit. Sawasdee Ka
  • Hi, I really like to try out this method. I have bulging disc and ddd symptoms which was shown in the recent MRI scan. Could you please suggest me on the cost and accommodations, also any additional things I got to do before proceeding to this therapy?
  • I had disc bulge l4_ l5 in year 2009 and had done an MRI last year that showed start of DDD. Have been looking for alternative treatment and found your website from the YouTube. If you wont mind please give me the cost for treatment and accommodation there for the 14 days protocol.
    • Support Team
      Hello Mr Robert, Thank you for contacting us about your treatment for degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine. An email was sent to you with the information requested.
  • Hi, very interesting procedure in regenerative medicine. I am 55 and have DDD C1 and C2 fused C3 to C7 have DDD. At C4 and C5 the protective fluid around the spinal cord is not present and some pressure is being applied to the spinal cord. Are your medical stem cell procedures suitable for treating my condition at it is all in the neck, rather than the lower back. Many thanks in advance, this could restart my life. 
  • Hi,I have 4 disks causing me problems, 1 Lumbar , herniated with DDD, one in the Thorax with DDD and two adjacent bulging disks in the neck. can you please provide me with an Idea of the cost for stem cells treatment just so I can decide if I would explore this option further for me.
  • Hello, I am a 48 year old with DDD, bulging discs and arthritis in back and neck.  L4-L5 are my worst problem areas. I have been dealing with this for a few years and have actually gone from being 5'7" to 5'5" over the past couple of years. I have done a couple of year's worth of chiropractic therapy, more injections in my back (epidural, SI joint, facet, and all of the others) than I can count, had the nerves burned twice to no avail. I met with 3 different surgeons and was told that due to having all 3 "diseases or issues" that back/spinal surgery simply wasn't an option. My last resort and only hope was to have a Pain Pump surgically implanted in my lower left back that runs up my spine and administers strong pain medication 24-7 to the specific areas in my spine. I could not do Morphine because of severe reaction so I have Dilaudid in my pump. The side effects from that medication are giving me more problems and pain than ever. I have extreme joint pain and swelling so bad that sometimes I can't walk. I would love to have this pain pump implant removed if there was another option but so far there hasn't been one. I am extremely interested in your procedures, specifics and of course the cost. Thank you in advance.
  • Hi. I am in late 40s,I have osteoporosis in neck  c6/7.also have degenerative disc disease,in neck at the c2/3 and c5/6.have pins and needles in left arm daily,and sore neck also have very painful arms in morning s swollen hands,after wards from moving and shaking arms the swollen is gone and tingling is mild,nearly every day this happens,hoping stemcells can repair my neck DDD ,please send information and lowest cost for stemcell treatment, very interested in finding lower cost stem cell treatment,Australia is too expensive for stem cell treatment to my DDD in neck .hoping to hear from you ASAP ,thank you.
  • Hi. I would like more information on your stem cell therapy as I am looking for alternatives instead of surgery again. I am 46 yrs old and 2 yrs ago had Disectomy/Fusion/Plating in my C5/6 and C6/7. When diagnosed with DDD I waited 11 months to have the surgery and was put on morphine to help with the neck/left arm pain which was unbearable at times especially when sitting or laying down. I begged everyone to just cut off my arm lol. Surgery was a success as no more arm pain but left me with chronic pain in my neck due to the waiting time of having the surgery. I also have muscle spasms in my neck 24/7 due to the waiting time and my doc has told me that I will pretty much have chronic pain and will be on pain meds for the rest of my life???? Starting in April this year I have begun to have the same arm pain numb tingling symptoms but in my right arm this time as I did before the surgery 2 yrs ago. I have recently had another X-ray and last week saw my surgeon and he has requested a MRI which I'm still waiting on even though I'm on high priority list. I have been looking into other alternatives as I DO NOT want to go thru that surgery again. I have lost more than 30% mobility in my neck and I'm terrified as to what will I be like if I have to have another surgery. Like I said I'm a 46 yr old healthy female but my quality of life sucks at the moment. Could u please send me more info and costs etc Thank you.
    • Hi my name is mike and i am 44. I have ddd in my neck c5 &6. The surgeon has requested nerve conduction test. Have you done that. Im headed for surgery too pretty freaked about it. I am limited in everything i do. 
  • Hi, I am 23 years old.13 months ago I was experiencing back pain and sciatica leg (hip, ankle, calf)Also tingling feet.After 2 months of acute symptoms of DDD resolved.But the problem I have now is that When sitting in the car, especially with back pain and symptom tingling in my feet.I also do not like in sports (body building, aerobic ...). Is my disc bulge treated with cell therapy؟ MRI of the lumbar I upload photos in google drive with the answer.I am contacting you from Iran.
  • Hey, I am just curious, what are the price ranges for Degenerative disc disease treatment and how long is the treatment? It is between my mom's neck and shoulders, and she has had it for 27 years. Thanks!
  • My son is 46 years old and has 2 degenerative discs in 4L and 5L lumbar region. He has not had any treatment other than a chiropractor. He has had a MRI scan. We have heard of a treatment that involves stem cells with nuclear treatment. We know a person that had this done and the procedure was successful , however, but we cannot find or contact the doctor who did the procedure in Singapore. He said the treatment is done in an hour and the patient only has to be in the country for a day and can travel back to Australia straight away. Do you know anything about this sort of a treatment. Do you perform this procedure? If not do you know who does and where and to whom do we need to go? How long do we need to be in Thailand for the treatment you offer? Are there any risks? What is the expected recovery period? What sort of an outcome need we expect? We wonder especially about the stem cells whether they would be my son's own stem cell or from another source and if they are from another, are they specific for his L4 and L5 part of his body. Does the immune system reject the stem cells if not his own. Is there separate fees for hospital and anesthesia? Is there any other accompanying cost in addition to the stem cell procedure? Do you know what would be the average sort of a fee would be involved for the procedure (just an average minimum to maximum to give us some idea of what sort of money we need to consider needed). I hope you will understand so many questions. I am an anxious mother helping my son who has limited funds and who is in constant pain to ease his suffering. I hope you can help with some answers and can give us some direction where to go. Kindest regards R. Devenish
  • Hello,My name is Jason, im a 31 male who has being experiencing chronic back pain for years. I have degenerative disc disease in my lumbar section of my spine specifically in between L4 and L5 section. There is evidence of more spinal stenosis in the right side than the left of the cartilage according to MRI and xrays i have taken.I would like to know first of all what is the requirements to be eligible for this treatment? As im living in overseas in Taiwan at the moment.Lastly i would like to know how much does it cost? And how long is the treatment?Thank youBest regards,Jason
  • Good Morning,Would like more information on the efficacity of stem cell treatment for DDD. Also costs involved, geographical availability, and number of treatments required.
  • hello, i was diagnosed with DDD 5 years ago. I recently had an MRI on back and one x ray which shows my condition has gotten much worse after my Collapsed Disc and now i also have Facet Disease change since. My lifestyle is really suffering and i can’t even go shopping without a crutch because my lower back is in so much pain, The doctors here are just pumping me full of pain meds like amitriptaline,tramadola, and ibuprofen but the side effects of these are not fun. I can hardly get around and turning into a couch potato. Im only 39 but without my wifes constant support i don’t know what i would do. Do you think stem cells can help treatment my degenerative discs and facet disease? I don’t even want to look at surgical option unless i really really have to so hopefully you can help. Please contact me to let me know. Thanks Victor
  • My doctors in Leeds have told be that my problem will basically never get better. Im having a REAL hard time believing this is the case but again im not a doctor. My doctor basically gave me no suggestions and no alternatives other that very strong pain meds.My back injury occurred whilst weightlifting. It seemed minor enough but by back doctor said that when I turn 45 years old, I'll have the support of a 70 year old. This was a pretty uncompassionate response but maybe he is right. I really don't know. Because of my condition, I can no longer do the things i love to do such as play football or go to the gym. I also have frequent pains in my neck and lower back that are giving me headaches almost every day.Could you please let me know if there are ANY treatment options for me? Stem cell therapy for DDD? or even PRP therapy? I don't want to take pain medication my whole life. Please contact me via telly or email.
    • Support Team
      Hi Henry, Thanks for contacting us. Please email us with more information including your recent MRI. We will be better able to see what treatment options are appropriate for your needs once our orthopedic doctors have reviewed your request. Our email is info (@) stemcellthailand.org
  • Hello im only 32 yrs old but was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease by my doctor in Dubai. They are not offering any long term solution and when i mention stem cells they tell me to stay away. I have a very hard understanding why my back can never get better? My back specialist gave me no suggestions other than surgery and i dont want surgery so young. Can you send me information how to fix? I see your videos on Youtube and think i will make good candidate.