What is Lumbar Disc Regeneration Procedure, or LDR?
Degenerative Disc Disease
may result from injury or normal wear and tear on the disc. This change in the disc causes loss of the cushion effect between the bones or vertebral bodies in the spine. Pain is the outcome of the process of disc degeneration.
LDR or Lumbar Disc Regeneration Procedure, is a procedure in which Dr. Conn uses a naturally occurring substance from the human body that is an FDA approved Biologic. This Biologic is approved to patch leaks from tissue called dura, in both the spine and brain. LDR introduces the Biologic into damaged discs. This seals the disc, creating a platform for normal healthy disc material to grow and become a part of a more healthy disc. During the LDR process, damaged discs are restored back to their normal healthy height, as evidenced through live x-rays obtained during the LDR procedure.
The process to determine the source of your pain is painless.
These steps outline what happens next.
MRI assists in evaluating the disc health and other spinal structures. Sometimes other studies including CT or X-ray of the Lumbar Spine will also be requires.
The discogram is used to diagnose your pain source. The procedure provides information regarding the overall health of the disc and the location of tears, furrows and leaks in the disc. It assists in deciding which discs would benefit from treatment with LDR.
3. LDR Procedure
During the procedure the disc is injected with sterile dye under pressure. Both, your response to the injection, and the spreading pattern of the dye within the disc, help us make our decision about which discs need LDR treatment.
4. A More Healthy Spine
For many years to come
After the procedure we recommend rest for the first 36 hours. You can then progress to walking for exercise for the next seven days. Thereafter, slowly add more activity.
FDA STUDY: NEW DISC GROWTH
RESULTS SHOWN WITH A RECENT PATIENT: LDR WORKS
LDR does what stem cells, and other biologics can never do
These discogram images from the fluoroscope, or special X-ray machine, reveal a severely diseased and leaking L5-S1 disc. Fortunately, all other discs appear healthy. In the same patient, these before and after X-rays of the LDR Procedure demonstrate immediate disc height improvement. The X-ray demonstrates the disc returned to normal height after LDR treatment. The Lumbar Disc Regeneration components react immediately upon injection into the disc and become fixed and set within the disc to stop leakage and promote restoration. Afterwards, disc tissue regenerates and incorporates into the Biologic for up to one year.
FDA STUDY CONFIRMING OPTIMAL FLOW PATTERN OF DISC BIOLOGIC WITHIN DEGENERATED DISCS
Exactly where needed to heal
The top row demonstrates post-discogram contrast flow within degenerated human cadaver discs.
The bottom row demonstrates the same discs treated with LDR, showing the LDR within the disc's tears, exactly where needed to heal the discs.
LDR COMPARED TO PLACEBO TREATED DISCS DEMONSTRATED:
Histological and morphological improvement compared to placebo treated discs
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