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Surgery vs Stem Cells

surgery vs stem cell therapy

Surgery vs Stem Cells

Stem Cells Vs. Surgery: How do they Compare?


Ever heard of back pain? Well, of course you have. Or worse, you’ve even suffered it yourself. Nowadays, hearing people experiencing back pain isn’t something new. In fact, it’s becoming the leading cause for people to miss work in the United States. If you take a look at statistics, at least 80% of America is experiencing this dreaded discomfort too. But on the bright side, there are available treatment methods for back pain such as medication, physical therapy, or even resting will do. But despite the availability of these simple procedures, chronic back pain can still be very debilitating and can even lead to surgery. 


Back pain is the leading complaint heard at doctors’ offices and is the number one cause of disability and missed worked days. Typically, treatment and management of back pain begin with conservative methods, such as rest, pain medication or physical therapy/physiotherapy. Although these types of conservative care help relieve pain, many cases of chronic back pain ultimately lead to invasive surgery.


Degenerative disc disease


It is one of the most common reasons for back surgery. Degenerative disc disease occurs when the soft spinal discs between your vertebrae begin to deteriorate and break down. These discs sit between the interlocking bones in your spine and act as shock absorbs for movement. Neck and back pain occur when the formation or structure of these discs change. This may happen as a result of osteoarthritis, herniated discs or spinal stenosis. The two common surgeries for the treatment of degenerative disc disease are spinal fusion and artificial disc replacement. f you’re heard about Degenerative Disc Disease, you would know that it’s a disease where the discs found in your vertebrae area somehow begin to break down and deteriorate. This is not an acute condition but rather something that occurs over a longer period of time. Vertebral discs in your body are found at the spine, serving as shock absorbers for any movement. When your posture and gait are optimal, degenerative disc disease is less likely to occur or can be dramatically slowed down.


One thing you should know is that there are two common surgery methods to treat these degenerative disc diseases. They come in the form of spinal fusion and artificial disc replacement.

surgery vs stem cells denver
surgery vs stem cells denver



The goal of a spinal fusion surgery is to stop movement at a painful vertebral segment in order to diminish pain. During the procedure, two vertebrae segments are fused together by a bone graft to make up one longer bone. The bone graft is typically taken from the patient’s hip, cadaver bone (donor’s bone), or manufactured synthetically. There can be different variations of spinal fusion surgery, depending on how many levels of the spine are to be fused, which bone to graft and whether it is an anterior or posterior approach. Patients are expected to take good care of their backs and be dedicated to proper recovery after the surgery. This may involve being well rested, in conjunction with exercise and prescribed physical therapy.


On the other hand, for an artificial disc replacement surgery, pain relief is achieved by the removal of the disc causing pain. The disc is replaced with a prosthetic implant, which may or may not have a plastic bearing surface. The implant helps maintain the motion of the vertebrae. However, this type of surgery is limited to what type of degenerative disc condition you have, making only select patients eligible. Monitored rehabilitation is also necessary for artificial disc replacement surgery.




Stem Cell Therapy can prevent surgery. A viable alternative to invasive surgery is the minimally invasive stem cell procedure. Stem cell therapies are an exciting treatment within the regenerative medicine field. In many patient cases, the patient may use his/her own adult stem cells to replace the need for surgery. This treatment may result in dramatic improvement in pain, while significantly decreasing the risks and recovery time associated with traditional surgery. A stem cell injection into a damaged joint can decrease painful inflammation, repair damaged cartilage and improve hydration.

Under certain conditions, stem cell therapy stands as an excellent alternative to surgery. For many patients, these treatments offer many benefits that suit their comfort level and long-term health goals.

To book a stem cell therapy consultation, contact us at Colorado Medical Solutions today.


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By the end of the day, you may experience exhausting the options which are made available to you. Whenever you’ve reached this point, there might be just two options left for you to consider: Stem cell treatment or undergoing surgery. Let’s talk about both different procedures briefly.



Stem cell therapy is a modality that falls under the umbrella of regenerative medicine. In some cases, it may be able to prevent surgery. This is considered to be a very valuable alternative compared to going with invasive procedures such as back surgery. Stem cell therapies are can be a great choice of treatment when it comes to any sort of chronic joint or muscle issues. In most cases, patients may use his/her stem cells to successfully recover or see great improvement from a debilitating condition. At this point, the need for the body to undergo surgery is eliminated. Stem Cell Therapy treatment can result in massive improvement when it comes to pain. Thus, it can simultaneously reduce the patient’s risk. In addition, it also decreases a patient’s recovery time compared to traditional surgery. With Stem Cell Therapy, the body’s blood vessels, nerves, and even lymphatics are left uninterrupted.




Stem cells that are injected into damaged joints may highly decrease inflammation and pain, repair damaged cartilage, and even improve the body’s hydration. Traditional surgery on the other hand, typically uses hardwares and other artificial components to successfully remove and replace injured tissues found in the body. Although, traditional surgery somehow posts a higher risk to:


  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blood Clots
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Allergies
stem cell therapy vs surgery
surgery vs stem cells



These side effects may occur due to medication, artificial components, and other post-procedure pain. Considering these differences, the procedure of Stem Cell Therapy stands out as a great alternative to surgery. Aside from reducing one from risk, Stem Cell Therapy treatments also give out benefits to suit the patient’s long term health and comfort.  When deciding which procedure may be better for you, here are some of the factors you may want to consider:


Body Scarring


Traditional surgery may post the possibility of the skin to scar. But with Stem Cell Therapy, you don’t need to worry about this issue. While keyhole surgeries only give you the slightest possibilities of small incisions (which leave no risk to scars), orthopedic conditions like hip replacement may need bigger incisions to complete its procedure. 




Traditional surgery may tend to require you for hospitalization for full recovery in contrast to Stem Cell Therapy which does not require you hospitalization. 




Stem Cell Therapy does not require you to undergo medications unlike traditional surgery which may take you a few months to recover from. In addition, prescription drugs can have negative effects on your stomach, intestinal lining, liver and kidneys. Side effects from pain medicine also include addiction and drowsiness.



Traditional surgery may require you to undergo bracing after the procedure. This varies depending on which body part the surgery was performed. Bracing or casts are necessary because it makes the body less mobile. While remaining in a static state, this gives the area that underwent surgery support to fully heal.  As a result, the body’s strength and movement will need to be rehabilitated in physical therapy sessions. We will talk about physical therapy in  more detail below.



Undergoing Stem Cell Therapy requires you less time for inactivity compared to traditional surgery which may require you lengthier downtime to fully recover. Invasive surgery requires anesthesia and can be very rigorous on the body. If infection occurs post surgery, antibiotics may be prescribed which further taxes the body’s microbiome and immune system.


Physical Therapy


Take note that physical therapy is an important factor for both traditional surgery and even Stem Cell Therapy. Although, stem cell therapy treatment may require your body less time for therapy compared to traditional surgery. Physical therapy programs can be long and rigorous. They may take time away from your work schedule and can complicate your life post surgery. Rehabbing the body is not easy and most programs must be closely monitored in order to avoid setbacks or reinjury. 


If you want to find out more about Stem Cell Therapy treatment and how it can  aid you with your condition, please contact Colorado Medical Solutions today. You may also visit our Stem Cell Therapy Pages to learn more about our clinics located in Denver and Colorado Springs to help you with your journey towards wellness.

surgery vs stem cells