VIA Disc: A New Approach for Damaged Discs

Your spine’s discs function as shock absorbers, facilitating movements like twisting, flexing, and bending. Encased in a durable outer layer filled with a gel-like substance, each disc is susceptible to damage from trauma or everyday wear and tear. Ruptures, displacements, or tears in these discs can result in considerable pain. Introducing VIA Disc—a novel method for addressing and repairing compromised spinal discs.

What is VIA Disc?

Constructed from donated nucleus pulposus tissue, VIA Disc utilizes the same substance naturally present within each disc. This tissue absorbs water, transforming into the gel-like material that imbues the disc with its shock-absorbing properties. The preparation of VIA Disc involves sterilizing and dehydrating the donated nucleus pulposus tissue. Just before application, your doctor will rehydrate the tissue by suspending it in sterile saline.

The Procedure

VIA Disc is introduced through a minimally invasive procedure. Following the application of local anesthesia and thorough cleaning, it is injected into the damaged disc using a needle guided by fluoroscopy. This method requires no incisions or stitches, completing the entire process in just a few minutes.

Post-procedure, patients are advised to rest and take it easy for approximately 72 hours. Some discomfort and soreness may be experienced temporarily as the body adapts to the change, and your doctor will prescribe pain medications as needed to alleviate this transient pain. VIA Disc is administered as a single treatment, eliminating the need for periodic repetitions.

What to Expect

It usually takes several weeks before VIA Disc restores the full function of the treated disc. As the disc returns to normal, the troubling pain and other symptoms caused by the damaged disc will gradually go away.

Who Should get VIA Disc

VIA Disc is indicated for the treatment of degenerative disc disease. Degenerative disc disease causes sharp or constant pain in the back. The exact symptoms vary by the location of the damaged disc but may include:

  • Pain in the lower back, buttocks, or thighs
  • Pain that gets worse while sitting
  • Pain that gets worse while flexing or bending
  • Pain that waxes and wanes in severity

When to Get VIA Disc

Traditionally, physicians advise individuals with degenerative disc disease to explore conservative treatments, such as pain medications and physical therapy, before contemplating more invasive measures. This approach was traditionally based on the notion that an ‘aggressive approach’ primarily involves surgical interventions. With the minimally invasive placement of VIA Disc, there is no requirement to endure ineffective conservative treatments. Patients now have the option to choose VIA Disc as their initial treatment immediately upon diagnosis, bypassing the need for prolonged reliance on less impactful methods.

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