Will I Need Surgery to Repair a Herniated Disc?

Around five to 20 adults out of a thousand will be diagnosed with a herniated disc every year. If you’re one of the unlucky ones, you already know how much pain a herniated disc can cause. Will you have to have surgery?

At Cell Bionics Institute, with locations in Utica, New York and the metropolitan Washington, DC area, Dr. Nameer Haider can provide non-surgical interventions to help manage pain from herniated discs, including regenerative therapies

The basics of disc herniation

Your back is made up of alternating spinal bones (vertebrae) and “jelly”-filled discs. Nerves run up and down the length of the spine and branch out into the rest of your body. If an injury or age compresses one or more of the discs, making the jelly bulge out, that material can press on the nerves and cause incredible back pain.   

When a disc shifts, ruptures, or bulges out of place, it’s called a herniated disc. Most commonly, you’ll get a herniated disc in your lower back (the lumbar spine). When the disc pushes on your nerves, it’ll cause pain, tingling, or numbness when you move, sit, stand, walk, or even cough. The pain can also radiate down your back and into your buttocks and legs, or up and out into your arms.

Treatment for herniated discs

As a pain management specialist, Dr. Haider has a full range of non-invasive treatments he can try to help relieve your pain. To start, he’ll do a complete exam, including looking at any scans or X-rays of your back. If necessary, he’ll order additional scans to get a clearer picture of what’s happening. Then he’ll customize a treatment plan to target your pain and boost your body’s natural healing ability.

Regenerative medicine

While some types of age-related damage to your spine can’t be healed, in most cases herniated discs can be encouraged to restore themselves with a little help. Dr. Haider can provide:


Your own blood can be separated and concentrated to provide a solution rich in healing ingredients. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is created from your own blood, which is centrifuged to concentrate the platelets; these contain growth factors. The platelets can be injected into a herniated disc to help it start to heal. Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is similar but has concentrations of even more healing elements, including mesenchymal stem cells.


If you have long-term neck or back pain, Dr. Haider may recommend the Biodisc procedure. You’ll come in as an outpatient, and he’ll extract stem cells from your bone marrow using advanced X-ray-guided technology. Then he’ll inject the prepared stem cell solution into your spine at the point of greatest damage, to help regenerate damaged tissue and relieve pain. 

If you can’t do the things you need and want to do because of back pain but want to avoid spine surgery, you have options. Contact your nearest Cell Bionics location by calling the closest office or by making an appointment online today.

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