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! As the first year of […]

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.   As is the case […]

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 medication.” As her situation became […]

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 to support it. Scientific innovation […]

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 with conditions such as degenerative […]

Patient Profile: Celeste Reynolds Gets Her Life Back

“I had lower back pain for years and finally one day I decided to do something about it,” said Celeste Reynolds. “I waited for two years after my surgery to share this information because I really wanted to make sure what I am saying is the truth about the surgeons and staff at Texas Back […]

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 and other sports media, he had cervical fusion of the C5/6 discs in his neck on May […]

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 tears to form, from which […]

A Story of Triumph Suitable for the Silver Screen

Film director Carlo Bido is adept at using his medium to tell a dramatic story. However, a real-life drama which included temporary paralysis of his legs and arms led him to waiting room of Texas Back Institute. While there is no script for this story, it does have a Hollywood ending. “I was born to […]

Artificial Disc Replacement: Making Real Iron Men and Women

The movie smash hit of the summer is Marvel’s Iron Man 3 and its popularity can be explained on several different levels. The “superhero” in this blockbuster flick is both physically and emotionally scarred, so in many ways, he’s just like you and me. Plus, the action and special effects are non-stop. This science fiction, […]

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