From Yesterday’s Six Million Dollar Man to Today’s Artificial Disc Replacement
Dr. Scott Blumenthal, MD, a Spine Surgeon with the Texas Back Institute and the first and only surgeon in the United States to devote his practice solely to the research and application of artificial disc replacement joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Spinal Health Channel.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Scott Blumenthal discuss the following:
I understand you are the United States first (and only) surgeon to specialize in the artificial disc replacement medical procedure. Can you explain what that is and why it is important in the world of spinal health?
On this same note, can you explain what spinal arthroplasty is and why it is different from other spine surgery procedures?
Who would be a good candidate for this type of surgery – and what type of individual have you most frequently performed spinal arthroplasty on?
I see you are board certified through the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery – what was your journey to becoming such a leading expert in spinal health and surgery?
The holidays and summer are coming – are there back health tips individuals should be paying attention to as they head outdoors?
Scott Blumenthal, MD, is a Spine Surgeon with the Texas Back Institute and the first and only surgeon in the United States to devote his practice solely to the research and application of artificial disc replacement. Dr. Blumenthal was instrumental in bringing artificial disc replacement surgery to the United States after its creation and use in Europe. Dr. Blumenthal is a leader in spinal arthroplasty working with a large number of discs currently on the market and in trials. He serves as a clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas and is an ongoing contributor to the first non-profit foundation created for arthroplasty patients.
Dr. Scott Blumenthal graduated from Northwestern Medical School in Chicago and completed his general surgery internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas, TX. His fellowships include work at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and at Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for spinal trauma surgery.