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March 25, 2020 | Texas Back Institute

The 20th Anniversary of Artificial Disc Replacement at Texas Back Institute: What This Means for the Future

Anniversaries serve an important function. They allow us to reflect on how far we have come, and where we can still go in the future. This year is the 20th anniversary of the artificial disc replacement procedure being performed at Texas Back Institute and thousands of patients are celebrating with them!…

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

How Artificial Disc Replacement Gave a Young Woman Her Life Back

With the speed of medical breakthroughs – miracles of technology, really – it is easy to forget the amazing effect these advances have on the quality of life of patients. Before the artificial disc replacement procedure was pioneered by the back specialists at Texas Back Institute 15 years ago, patients…

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

Three Men Who Changed Back Surgery Forever – Part One Why they are still fighting to bring this procedure to more patients!

Breaking new ground in medical technology can be both exhilarating and sobering. On a professional level, it is immensely rewarding to help pioneer new ways of helping patients overcome diseases or injuries which are often debilitating. However, when newer procedures and materials are used, there is very little medical history…

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

Once in Constant Pain, She’s Now Signed Up for a Half-Marathon– Here’s the story of her miraculous recovery!

As the wife of a Nashville physician, Julia Behar, knew there was something terribly wrong with her back and she needed medical attention. “I was 52 and felt like I was 82,” she said. “I could barely get out of bed in the morning and was on constant narcotic pain…

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

Three Men Who Changed Back Surgery Forever – Part Two “Our biggest disappointment”

As noted in a previous post, the pioneering work done 15 years ago by three spine surgeons at Texas Back Institute on the artificial disc replacement procedure has been nothing short of ground-breaking. The three surgeons responsible for the first artificial disc replacements were Dr. Jack Zigler, Dr. Richard Guyer and Dr. Scott Blumenthal….

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

Patient of the Month – Veteran: Alex Fender

1st US Service Member to Receive Artificial Disc Celebrates 8 Years Pain-Free He was a U.S. Marine on Active Duty, planning a career as a Naval Aviator, when a herniated disc stopped everything. Alex Fender saw all his plans postponed, then stopped indefinitely, as physicians repeatedly told him that he…

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

Artificial Disc Replacement

Dr. Scott Blumenthal was the first Orthopedic Spine Surgeon in the US to perform an Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) surgery. This life changing surgery has now helped over 1,400 Texas Back Institute patients. Recently SpineUniverse.com featured a blog post about the history of artificial disc replacement. The History of Artificial…

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

Patient of the Month…BW Beasley

BW Beasley…Back to Racquetball! BW Beasley came to the Texas Back Institute after suffering from chronic back pain symptoms for years. Ten years earlier, Mr. Beasley had undergone a microdiscectomy with a different physician which only temporarily relieved his pain. He was anxious for a chance to get back to an…

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

Neck Surgery Ends Texas Ranger Prince Fielder’s Season

  Why His Decision Might Impact You Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, who came to the club in a much discussed trade for longtime Ranger and All-Star Ian Kinsler in the offseason, is done for the year. According to ESPNDallas.com and other sports media, he had cervical fusion of the C5/6 discs…

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery

Spinal discs are the soft, cushioning material located between each vertebra along the spine. They are important for providing shock absorption for the bones and allow for flexing, bending, and twisting movements. As we age, these discs degenerate and break down causing a loss of fluid within the discs or…

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