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Regenerative Spinal Surgery

MD Spine Care and Orthopaedics  -  - Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

MD Spine Care and Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons located in San Antonio, TX

As an innovator in orthopaedics, Frank K. Kuwamura III, MD, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, offers regenerative spinal surgery at MD Spine Care and Orthopaedics, which has two locations in San Antonio, Texas. Regenerative spinal surgery incorporates stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy into spinal operations to support your recovery. Call MD Spine Care and Orthopaedics or schedule a consultation online today to find out if regenerative spinal surgery is right for you.

Regenerative Spinal Surgery Q & A

What is regenerative spinal surgery?

Regenerative spinal surgery combines the power of regenerative medicine, including stem cell and PRP therapy, with expert spine operations. At MD Spine Care and Orthopaedics, Dr. Kuwamura offers a wide range of spinal surgeries, including:

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)
  • Extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF®)
  • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)
  • Mobi-C® cervical disc replacement
  • Medtronic METRx™ system tube
  • iFuse Implant System®

Depending on your condition and needs, Dr. Kuwamura might recommend incorporating regenerative medicine into your surgery to support the healing process and enhance your recovery.

What are the benefits of regenerative spinal surgery?

Regenerative medicine stimulates and supports your body’s ability to repair itself. When included in spinal surgery, treatments like PRP injections and stem cell therapy flood your surgical site with the cells, growth factors, and other proteins needed for cell generation and tissue repair. 

These cells stimulate your healing process, which can help you recover more rapidly. This could reduce your overall discomfort and help you get back to work and your regular activities more quickly. 

What happens during regenerative spinal surgery?

Most types of regenerative spine surgery follow the same protocols and processes as conventional spine surgery. A member of the team prepares you for surgery, and you’re given general anesthesia. 

Then, Dr. Kuwamura makes the necessary incisions in your body to access your spine. Whenever possible, he uses minimally invasive techniques to complete your procedure, which requires just a few small incisions instead of a single large one. 

Dr. Kuwamura completes your procedure, extracting damaged disc and vertebral tissue, adding bone grafts, and making any other necessary repairs. Then, before closing your incisions, he injects stem cells and/or PRP into your spine. 

What should I expect after regenerative spinal surgery?

After regenerative spinal surgery, you wear a back brace for a few weeks to support and stabilize your spine while you heal. Dr. Kuwamura provides personalized aftercare instructions. He usually prescribes medicine to prevent infection and manage any post-surgical pain.

As you recover, you begin physical therapy to restore your strength, flexibility, and range of motion. You learn how to move your body correctly and maintain proper posture. 

At the same time, the regenerative treatments should support and accelerate your healing process. Everyone responds to treatment differently, and Dr. Kuwamura might recommend that you have additional regenerative injections to help your recovery.

If you’re interested in regenerative spinal surgery, call MD Spine Care and Orthopaedics or make an appointment online today to learn about your options.