Go Farther with Artificial Disc Replacement.

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Go Farther with Artificial Disc Replacement.

Artificial Disc Replacement surgery offers many benefits over other forms of back and spine surgery. Let us help determine if it's right for you.

Have questions about Artificial Disc Replacement? Contact Jennifer Tullis, R.N., Director: Click here.

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No problem.

If you are in need of surgery and believe you are a candidate for artificial disc replacement, the Center for Disc Replacement is ready to help. Our team is led by physicians who pioneered disc replacement surgery in the U.S. and they have performed thousands of procedures on patients from all over the world.

To accommodate patients who travel for their care, we offer a complimentary screening process to review your medical records to determine if you are a potential candidate. Additionally, we can provide travel and hotel recommendations in and around the Plano and Dallas area upon request.

Let us help you make the trip.

What you need to know about Artificial Disc Replacement surgery.

Get the answers to our most commonly asked questions and learn how Artificial Disc Replacement compares to traditional back and spine procedures. If you’re a candidate for spinal fusion surgery, you owe it to yourself to read this guide!

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Why Artificial Disc Replacement?

Artificial Disc Replacement is a relatively new surgical procedure that is transforming the lives of thousands of people by setting them free from debilitating back and neck pain. In this video, you'll learn how the procedure works and why back pain sufferers have new hope for returning to the lifestyle and activities they love.

What are the characteristics of a candidate for Artificial Disc Replacement?

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What are the characteristics of a candidate for Artificial Disc Replacement?

You may be a candidate for Artificial Disc Replacement if you have experienced any of the following:

  • Neck pain with or without arm pain
  • Lower back pain with or without leg pain
  • Conservative treatment without significant relief of pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated cervical or lumbar discs
  • Previous disc surgery with continued pain
  • You have been advised to consider fusion surgery

Why should fusion surgery candidates consider Artificial Disc Replacement?

Return to work faster

On average, Artificial Disc Replacement patients can return to work within 2-3 weeks, while fusion surgery potentially requires a much longer recovery time.

Greater range
of motion

Unlike vertebrae that have been fused together, a spine repaired with Artificial Disc Replacement can move, bend, twist and turn with a natural range of motion.

Less stress on
adjacent discs

X-rays comparing Artificial Disc Replacement to lumbar fusion show that adjacent disc degeneration occurs 1/3 as often* in patients who received Artificial Disc Replacement.

Less likelihood for
future surgery

Patients with cervical spinal fusion are 3 to 5 times* more likely to have additional surgery than cervical Artificial Disc Replacement patients.

"Why I chose Artificial Disc Replacement." A patient's story

Why choose The Center for Disc Replacement at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery?

The Center for Disc Replacement is located at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery in Plano, Texas. See how our experienced, professional staff and comfortable environment combine to create a patient experience that is simply unrivaled.

Internationally-recognized physicians

The spine surgeons of The Center for Disc Replacement are renowned experts who have each received international recognition for having performed the first Artificial Disc Replacement surgery in the United States as well as leading the first FDA studies of the procedure. Beyond performing this life changing-procedure on hundreds of patients each year, they are recognized speakers, researchers and advocates for continued innovation in the field.

Dr. Scott L. Blumenthal

Dr. Scott L. Blumenthal

Dr. Richard D. Guyer

Dr. Richard D. Guyer

>Dr. Jack E. Zigler

Dr. Jack E. Zigler

>Dr. Jessica Shellock

Dr. Jessica Shellock

Comfortable, award-winning hospital

With advanced medical technology and amenities that are more like a boutique hotel than a hospital, it’s no wonder that patients travel from around the globe to have their procedure performed at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery. See why we're different.

Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery has been consistently recognized by patients, visitors, employees and medical professionals. Here are just a few of our accolades:

A Peaceful Setting

One of the quietest hospitals in America

We have been named "one of the quietest hospitals in America".

Satisfied Patients

Five Star Ranking based on patient appraisals

We have received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ from Healthgrades

Dedicated Staff

Pathway Designated - American Nurses Credentialing Center

We’ve created a culture where caregivers thrive.

Take the first step to pain relief today.



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