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Pioneering gel rods in spine banish back agony

WHEN Emma Rygielska’s back pain was at its worst she’d be groaning on the floor in agony for hours.

“I was virtually housebound and had to use crutches. I’d had a steroid injection but the effects were very short term and I seemed back at square one.”

Luckily Emma’s parents read about the pioneering surgery carried out by Martin Knight, a consultant orthopaedic and spinal surgeon.

After examining Emma he said she was a suitable patient for surgery. Mr Knight’s approach involved injecting a Gelstix rod implant directly into the damaged disc. The rods are made from a soft hydrogel substance which absorbs water.

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