Revolutionizing Spine Care…Changing Lives


December 7, 2020 | Phillip Slaughter

From Forced Retirement To Working On The Ranch

Federal agent, forced to retire, Keith Fletcher is back working on his ranch after spine surgery with Dr. Blake Staub. Keith battled a life long struggle with Scoliosis. In his 50s Keith started to experience more pain from his spine condition which progressed into a debilitating back pain forcing him…

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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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August 23, 2019 | Phillip Slaughter

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 14

4, 3, 2, 1 August 22, 2019 Day 14   Wake-up, work-out, eat-up. That’s how our morning went again today! The only deviation was the delayed arrival of the coffee, much to everyone’s dismay. We practiced our adaptability today, like all the other days. When we arrived at the hospital…

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August 22, 2019 | Phillip Slaughter

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 Day 11

It’s Go Time… Again! August 19, 2019 Day 11   This morning started with a 5:15am wake-up call for those that wanted to do some Pilates led by Dr. Lieberman. Or some extra sleep for the others. We all met up for a good breakfast at 6:30 before heading out…

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August 22, 2019 | Phillip Slaughter

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Days 9 & 10

R&R August 17-18, 2019 Day 9 and 10   This weekend was MUCH needed. After lots of late nights and a heavy case load last week, we were all slowing down. Three members of Team 1 left us on Saturday morning—Dr. Kayanja, Teisha, and Ashlee—and the rest of us that…

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August 22, 2019 | Phillip Slaughter

Uganda Spine Surgery Misison 2019 – Day 8

Wishful Thinking August 16, 2019 Day 8   Everyone needed an extra cup of coffee or tea (or both) this morning to get over our surgery-hangover from the night before. Unfortunately, little did we know, we probably should’ve had another one. Today was another doosey. We started the day as…

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August 21, 2019 | Phillip Slaughter

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 7

Slow and Steady Wins the Race? August 15, 2019 Day 7   We are all starting to feel the long days and late nights catching up to us. Each day people wake up a tiny bit later, get ready a tiny bit quicker, eat a tiny bit faster. All to…

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August 19, 2019 | Phillip Slaughter

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 6

Divide and Conquer! August 14, 2019 Day 6   Morning came way too soon for us this morning. As for my roommate Sherron and I, who slept straight through the alarm, the getting ready process was especially rushed! We were all downstairs by 7:00am for a quick but hearty breakfast…

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February 26, 2018 | Texas Back Institute

Is There Life After Back Injuries for These Two Young Golfers?

One of the longest professional sports seasons has started again. The Professional Golf Association (PGA) is back in full swing, and several of the “young guns” in the PGA are trying to come back from debilitating injuries. Rory McIlroy and Jason Day experienced back injuries that ended their season last…

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December 28, 2017 | Texas Back Institute

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)…

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