A new hope for back pain sufferers?
He is involved in 4 different FDA trials of the new procedures and believes these so-called biologics are the future of back treatment. Based on the results so far, he thinks Dr. Pauza's fibrin sealant offers the most promise.
If the treatment, asked Tecihner, is even 50% successful with someone, is that significant? Dr. DePalma replied, "It'd be huge."
And then there's the cost. Compare spinal fusion and fibrin treatment: "The treatment for a fusion - and this is the hospital fee - typically is in the $100,000 range, not including the physician's fee," he said. "We don't have a set cost for [fibrin] treatment yet, but it's approximately 95 percent less than the cost of a fusion."
Dr. Pauza expects it to be widely available within five years.
"It's the first time in history that we've been able to cause new tissue to grow within the spine. This procedure is the procedure that really the world has been waiting for," he said.
Is it? The procedure is only for back pain sufferers with specific disc problems, but there are a lot of those . . . and Dr. Kevin Pauza is absolutely sure he's found a better, safer, cheaper way of improving their lives.
For more info:
- Spine Specialists, Tyler, Texas
- Spinal Restoration, Inc.
- Virginia iSpine Physicians
- Virginia Spine Research Institute