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Is There a Link Between Heart Disease and Back Pain?

Happy New Year! What are your New Year’s resolutions? Do they include quitting smoking or obtaining better control of your diabetes and cholesterol? While most of us know that smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol puts you at an increased risk for a heart attack or stroke, did you know they can also affect your spine […]

New Research: An Imaging Biomarker Could Change Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease

There is promising news for millions of patients who suffer from lower back pain and disability caused by degenerative disc disease. Researchers in Hong Kong recently published their findings in the medical journal Spine. They found a novel imaging biomarker that seems to correlate to degenerative disc disease and lower back pain. While the researchers […]

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 […]

World Spine Health Day 2013

Every year on October 16, health leaders from around the world recognize the very human condition of back pain. World Spine Day is an annual reminder of the how prevalent back injuries and disease are in every country in the world, regardless of its level of development, and what measures can be taken to correct […]

Comparison of Two-Level versus One-Level Total Disc Replacement: Results from a Prospective FDA-Regulated Trial

Comparison of Two-Level versus One-Level Total Disc Replacement: Results from a Prospective FDA-Regulated Trial SAS Journal, 2008; 140-144 Jack E. Zigler, Donna D. Ohnmeiss Subject Lumbar Total Disc Replacement , Degenerative Disc Disease Introduction Fusion has been the traditional surgery for painful disc degeneration unresponsive to non-operative care. Fusion rates may decline in multilevel procedures. Also, fusion may […]

An Economic Model of One-Level Lumbar Arthroplasty versus Fusion

The Spine Journal, Volume 7, Issue 5, September-October 2007, Pages 558-562 Richard D. Guyer, Scott G. Tromanhauser, John J. Regan Subject Lumbar Total Disc Replacement , Degenerative Disc Disease , Fusion Introduction Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a cause of low back pain commonly requiring surgical intervention. The option of lumbar total disc replacement (TDR) represents an advance in the […]

Complications of Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement Compared to Fusion: Results from the Prospective, Randomized, Multicenter U.S. Food and Drug Administration Investigational Device Exemption Study of the Charité Artificial Disc

SAS Journal, 2007; 1:20-7 R. T. Holt, M. E. Majd, J. E. Isaza, Scott L. Blumenthal, Paul C. McAfee, Richard D. Guyer, et al. Subject Lumbar Total Disc Replacement , Degenerative Disc Disease Introduction Previous reports of lumbar total disc replacement (TDR) have described significant complications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigational device exemption (IDE) […]

The First 18 Months Following Food and Drug Administration Approval of Lumbar Total Disc Replacement in the United States: Reported Adverse Events Outside an Investigational Device Exemption Study Environment

SAS Journal, 2007; 1:8-11 Scott L. Blumenthal, Richard D. Guyer, F. Geisler, Paul C. McAfee, J. Regan Subject Lumbar Total Disc Replacement , Degenerative Disc Disease Introduction Introduction of a new surgical technology may result in higher rates of adverse events compared with rates reported in the study performed to gain regulatory approval. The purpose of our […]

Two- to Three-Year Follow-Up of ProDisc-L: Results from a Prospective Randomized Trial of Arthroplasty versus Fusion

SAS Journal, 2007; 1:63-7 Jack E. Zigler, Barton L. Sachs, Ralph F. Rashbaum, Donna D. Ohnmeiss Subject Lumbar Total Disc Replacement , Degenerative Disc Disease Introduction Although total disc replacement has been performed for years outside the United States, relatively little available data address clinical outcomes, particularly data from prospective studies. We report the 24- to 36-month follow-up […]

Lumbar Spine Arthroplasty Using the ProDisc II

The Spine Journal, Volume 4, Issue 6, Supplement 1, November-December 2004, Pages S260-S267 Jack E. Zigler Subject Lumbar Total Disc Replacement , Degenerative Disc Disease Introduction The ProDisc was developed by Thierry Marnay, a French orthopedic surgeon, in the late 1980s. Marnay and his associate implanted ProDiscs into 64 patients from 1990 to 1993. Demonstrating remarkable intellectual restraint, […]