Expert: Why Disc Replacement Might Be Right for Your Patient

One of the most innovative technologies in spine surgery within the past 20 years has been the ability to replace a damaged cervical or lumbar disc with an artificial joint instead of a fusion. Because cervical and lumbar disc replacements were considered “novel technologies” by the FDA, multicenter randomized studies were required for approval of each new device before commercialization.  These studies were performed under rigorous governmental oversight. The first lumbar disc replacement studies in the US began in 2000, and cervical disc replacement studies started in 2002. Interested patients had to meet strict inclusion and exclusion criteria before they… Full Story

Texas Back Institute Surgeon Named President of International Surgery Society

Dr. Jack Zigler has been appointed President of The International Society for The Advancement of Spine Surgery. Zigler is an orthopedic surgeon at the Plano-based Texas Back Institute, and will serve as president for the 2019-2020 year. ISASS helps provide patients access to top spine surgery options and serve as an educational forum to advance new techniques such as minimally invasive spine surgery and robotics. More than 3,000 members in 78 countries are prolific researchers and have produced 4,200 scientific papers since the organization’s founding in 2000. In 2001,  Zigler was the first surgeon to implant the ProDisc lumbar artificial disc in… Full Story

Tiger Woods’ Masters Victory Aided by Plano’s Texas Back Institute

In one of the greatest sports comebacks in recent memory, Tiger Woods became the second oldest player to win the Masters this weekend. With eleven years since his last major win and 14 since he last put on the green jacket at Augusta, the embattled former champion overcame a DUI, plenty of media shaming, and significant injury woes to win his fifth Masters this weekend. His return to form included many starts and stops and took him through North Texas when he received surgery at the Texas Back Institute. In 2017, the Dallas Morning News wrote a piece about Dr.… Full Story