Biologics are a new trend in medicine, particularly in the area of orthopedic surgery. Spinal Biologics are materials that change their surrounding environment through active cellular processes that promote growth and differentiation, which aid in repair and healing of the injury or condition. They are designed for use as an alternative to traditional treatments. Some Biologics are intended for use as replacements for metal hardware and an individual’s natural bone graft (allograft), while others under development will promote repair and regeneration of cartilaginous and bony structures.
Spinal Biologics that have received FDA approval and are now in use include:
Some of the Spinal Biologics currently being investigated are:
Spinal Biologics have the potential to reduce the frequency of primary or additional surgical procedures, which will lead to decreased disruption of soft tissue and faster recovery times. The current time is an exciting one in the field of orthopedics, as continual advancements in spine treatment and surgery are showing promise in providing ever-improving care for individuals with acute and chronic conditions.
If you have back problems and would like to consult with one of our surgeons about the latest innovations in spine care that we offer, please contact our New Braunfels or Seguin offices.