Disc cultivation

The wear and tear process actually begins even at a young age: intervertebral discs lose the ability to retain water in the tissues, thereby losing height. As a result, they are no longer able to absorb the friction between the vertebrae.

The consequence is prolapsed intervertebral discs with unbearable pain or instability of the spine. Using intervertebral disc cell transplantation (ADCT), it is now possible for the first time to preserve the volume of the discs and restore their elasticity through the biological renewal of the intervertebral disc tissue.

With this method, we treat the actual cause and not just the acute symptoms. We are the first clinic in the world to also use this method on the cervical spine.

Treatment details

Duration of treatment: less than 30 minutes
In-patient stay: 3 – 4 days
Time off work: 2 weeks
Car driving: after 2 weeks
Sports: after 4 weeks

Treatment plan

Under local anaesthetics and image converter guidance (C-arch), we remove disc tissue from the prolapsed intervertebral disc (protrusion) as part of a percutaneous nucleotomy procedure and also take a blood sample. If microsurgical intervention to remove a prolapsed disc is scheduled anyway, we carry out this removal during the operation.

In a specialist laboratory, experts isolate healthy cells under the strictest safety standards from the removed tissue and cultivate these under targeted conditions (temperature, humidity, pressure, oxygen supply) in an incubator. In these conditions, cells multiply by the million.

Just a few weeks later, we introduce under local anaesthetics the newly-cultivated cells back into the core of the intervertebral disc. After just a short time, the discs go back to performing their natural shock absorbing function. Since we only use your body's own cells, there are no allergic rejection reactions to worry about.

This method, which has been recognised for more than 10 years, is part of the ICPM: International Classification of Procedures in Medicine in the Federal Republic of Germany.