Artificial Disc Replacement
I have regained my life, and playing golf again at this level, is just an added bonus. My surgery has had a profound impact on me and my family, and I thank my surgeon and the technology - Tiger Woods
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In the wake of Tiger Woods’ second-place finish at the Valspar Championship in Florida, many people in the golfing community are wondering how he was able to return to such a high level of play after his most recent back surgery, last April.
When he announced that he had undergone an anterior lumbar interbody fusion, many thought that his competitive golf career was over. It was his fourth back surgery since March 2014, which involved removing the L5-S1 intervertebral disc and then inserting fusion material to connect the L5 and S1 vertebrae. Although he has apparently recovered quite well from the operation, this surgery is quite rare among professional golfers. Only one other PGA…
When he announced that he had undergone an anterior lumbar interbody fusion, many thought that his competitive golf career was over. It was his fourth back surgery since March 2014, which involved removing the L5-S1 intervertebral disc and then inserting fusion material to connect the L5 and S1 vertebrae. Although he has apparently recovered quite well from the operation, this surgery is quite rare among professional golfers.
If you are among the thousands suffering from chronic pain and limited mobility caused by a degenerative and/or herniated disc, it may be time to consider a surgical alternative. Artificial disc replacement (ADR), also referred to as TDR (total disc replacement) is used to correct pain, tingling, and loss of mobility resulting from a degenerative or herniated disc. However, there are certain considerations you and your doctor should discuss before moving forward with surgery. Here, we’ll share five things to consider about artificial disc surgery.
From research to recovery: the quest for a healthy, pain-free spine. The plan: A hybrid procedure of artificial disc replacement and fusion to my lumbar spine in September 2011 in England. I hope you learn something if you're here for your own research. I hope you're comforted by reading my steady progress if you're here for me. And mostly, I hope you realize that I appreciate all positive and helpful comments, suggestions, and interest in my journey to a healthier spine.
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