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December 28, 2013

Healing a healer

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “When most people think of back surgery, they picture rods and screws,” Cappuccino said. “There are some problems with the spine that surgery can’t fix, but creating a brand new disc could.”

Stem cells are based in the human placenta, bone marrow, and certain lipids in the body. The multi-potential cells can differentiate to become specialized cells as needed.

Cappuccino has been working with Eastern Niagara Hospital on several FDA-approved projects using stem cells in joints of the spine. ENH is one of the only hospitals in the Northeast to offer this procedure.

“Lockport’s hospital is very forward thinking when it comes to doing stem cell research,” Cappuccino said.

During his recovery, Cappuccino caught up on some reading and finished the ‘Breaking Bad’ series. The surgeon says he’s now putting on weight and preparing to return to work at Buffalo Spine Surgery in January.

“I can’t wait to get back,” Cappuccino said. “I’m a bit of a workaholic, and after almost six months it’s going to be great to get back — this is kind of like a second life, a new chance for me.”

Contact reporter Kaley Lynch at 439-9222 ext. 6245 or Tweet to @Lynchie17

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