What is VIA Disc and how does it work?

VIA Disc is an intervertebral disc injection made up of allogenic nucleus pulposus, the material normally found inside the disc. The goal of this therapy is to rehydrate discs that are worn out, helping to restore the normal structure. This in turn can help improve discogenic low back pain.

What does VIA Disc treat?

The goal of the VIA Disc procedure is to treat pain in the low back related to degenerated intervertebral discs. The procedure helps to restore the normal anatomy of the disc, and can relieve disc related pain. It can also be used to help offload the pressure on these nerves.

What to Expect from the VIA Disc procedure

The VIA Disc procedure is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that typically only takes about 10 minutes to perform. Using X-Ray guidance, a needle is inserted into a degenerated intervertebral disc. After confirmation that the needle is in the correct position, a reconstituted solution composed of normal disc material is then injected into the disc.

Risks of The VIA Disc procedure

The VIA Disc procedure is a very safe procedure. The most common side effect is soreness and mildly increased pain for a few days following the procedure. However, most patients do not experience negative side effects to the procedure.

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The VIA Disc Procedure Process


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Get in touch through our contact form or by phone to schedule an appointment with our specialists at one of our locations in Austin, Kyle, Dripping Springs or San Marcos.


Initial Evaluation

Our doctors use this initial evaluation to learn more about your chronic pain and any previous treatments you may have tried. During this appointment, we will determine if the VIA Disc procedure is right for you.


VIA Disc Procedure

The VIA Disc procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and generally takes about 10 minutes. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia.



Most patients are able to return to light or normal activity and may be instructed to limit any strenuous physical activity for 72 hours after the procedure. Results are typically seen within several weeks of the procedure and most patients notice improvement in their low back pain 6-8 weeks following the procedure.


"Dr. Jarzembeck is AMAZING. I HIGHLY recommend her for anyone suffering in pain. She goes above and beyond to make sure her patients pain has been dealt with."

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"Everyone is so friendly and helpful, Dr. Bednar came to me and explained the procedure and answered my questions. Highly recommend!"

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"Dr. Julia is the best! The staff is professional and friendly to all. Best of all, Dr. Julia is finding solutions for my chronic pain! Never thought that it would be possible. It's a journey for me, but it seems like there is a solution."

Nancy M.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the VIA Disc procedure take?

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The VIA Disc procedure takes the physician about 10 minutes to perform. Results are typically seen within several weeks of the procedure, with most patients noticing improvement of their low back pain 6-8 weeks following the procedure.

Who is a candidate for the VIA Disc procedure?

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VIA Disc is designed to treat low back pain specifically related to degenerated intervertebral discs. Your physician will most likely order an MRI to identify degenerated discs, and this is used to guide selection of the levels for the procedure.

Is VIA Disc covered by insurance?

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VIA Disc is covered by Medicare and Medicare advantage plans, Triwest, Workers Compensation as well as certain other payment systems. VIA Disc is not currently covered by commercial insurance plans like BlueCross/BlueShield, Aetna, or UHC.

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Find Relief From Lower Back Pain With VIA Disc

If you suffer from lower back pain from degenerative disc disease, schedule an appointment with Greater Austin Pain Center to see if the VIA Disc procedure is right for you. With locations in Austin, Kyle, Dripping Springs, and San Marcos, our pain management doctors are ready and eager to help find a solution for your pain.

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