Kristina suffers from severe neck pain. Neurosurgical spine specialist Dr. Ian Armstrong explains the surgery he performed on Kristina, using adult stem cells from cadavers to relieve her pain.
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Cutting Edge Neck Pain Surgery Explained Dr. Travis Stork: Well, first of all, I heard some reactions from Eugene here that tapping is probably hard to watch yourself in Surgery. But you’re using stem cells, which is so intriguing me. How are you using them in this type of Surgery? Dr. Ian Armstrong: The important part about the stem cell product is that it’s from cadavers. It’s an adult stem cell product. And we used it to grow bone. It’s called Osteocell Plus and has all the elements, the growth factors, adult stem cells and the bone itself to help grow for their bone. It saves us from going into making another operation and harvesting bone from someone’s hip which is what we’re used to do that would cause more pain, risk of infection and so forth so by using this ,product, we can grow bone without causing any other problems. Dr. Travis Stork: And you are literally inserting that where her disk used to be and then overtime that will actually grow the Stem cells will grow and she’ll have hopefully better and better results as time goes on? Dr. Ian Armstrong: Correct. Here’s the antibodies space that we’re using Kristina, it’s physiologically shaped, it allows us to recreate the height of the disk and the shape of the disk and we placed it in between vertebral bodies and then over 2 or months, the bone product will grow and knit the bones together creating a fusion. Dr. Travis Stork: So other than Kristina, what kind of people are good candidates for this surgery? Dr. Ian Armstrong: Well first and foremost, I think it’s somebody who’s had chronic incapacitating pain that is failed conservative margin. Failed chiropractic care, physical therapy, and injections, anti-inflammatory and just can not live with their pain. Dr. Travis Stork: Because there’s still last resort in this case of surgery. But what’s important here is you’ve been talking, you’re 4-days out you don’t really feel any better, do you? Kristina: Oh my God I feel, I’m 50% better I mean it’s amazing, I felt the procedure that he did my neck does not hurt. I am ready to go play with my son. I’m ready to have my life back. I’m ready to go back exercise, I’m so excited. Dr. Travis Stork: And this is four days out. So she’s going to have a better, better result, right? Dr. Ian Armstrong: Or the next three months, she’ll continue as the bone grows, she’ll continue to improve. Dr. Travis Stork: And last but not the least, what are some good tips for people to prevent this from happening in the first place, chronic neck pain? What were the things that they can do at home? Dr. Ian Armstrong: I think there are three things that people have to be aware of. First, they have to maintain good posture. In the workplace, at the movie theater, keep your neck in a neutral position and that’s probably the most helpful thing that one can do. Second, good conditioning, the spine is supported by the muscles around it. Keep those muscles in shape. As we get older, the spine wears out, the muscles seemed to deconditon at the same time and we get neck pain. And thirdly, just avoid heavy activities, strenuous activity. Always use proper body mechanics when you’re doing heavy lifting. Dr. Travis Stork: In worst case scenario, there’s now hope for those who suffer from this. Thank you so much both of you.
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