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DISCOGEL – a flexible gel prosthetic of the nucleus pulposus, implanted transcutaneously in order to treat spinal disc hernias in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

Transcutaneous implantation of the Discogel implant is a low-invasive, innovative and fully safe method used in the treatment of early painful spinal disc herniation in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine sections.

The operation is executed under local anaesthesia.

Discogel is an ethanol- and cellulose-derived product-based gel implant that is opaque to x-rays, injected transcutaneously into the nucleus pulposus of the spinal disc. It functions on the basis of two principles:

  • the mechanical function, which thanks to the hydrophilic properties of the Discogel causes the migration of liquid into the disc centre,
  • the biochemical function, blocking pain-generating receptors that are located in the fibrous ring (annulus fibrosus).

Result: Decisive reduction of pain levels in the majority of patients.

Discogel allows for the visualisation of the procedure progress in real time under radioscopic control, thanks to the addition of a component that is impermeable to x-rays (Tungsten).

Numerous reports contain information about the number of patients fully satisfied from radiation therapy as being up to 85-90%. MRI images are also available documenting a lack of drop of the disc space over 36 months after treatment.

This is not chemonucleosis.

We do not cause evaporation, freezing or other thermal or strictly mechanical reactions in the disc that would hasten the disc necrosis process. Nothing is removed.

Using discogel, we initiate the process of rehydration of the nucleus pulposus and work to counter inflammations, filling cracks in the weakened fibrous ring, all the while blocking the pain receptor located there.

Discogel establishes conditions facilitating quick and permanent healing of the hernia, and prevents the falling of the disc space over time.

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M.D. Ph.D. Krzysztof Rzewuski
Specialist in neurosurgery
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Surgery of the spine

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