During artificial disc replacement, North Texas spine surgeon Dr. Kendall Carll will remove the painful degenerated disc and implant a prosthetic device that will mimic the function of the disc, or at least provide proper spacing between the vertebrae. Artificial discs have been used by spine surgeons for more than two decades in the U.S. and even longer in Europe. With artificial disc replacement, also known as a total disc arthroplasty or total disc replacement (TDR), the intention is to relieve pain by removing the defective disc and to preserve some range of motion. It is a useful alternative to a discectomy and fusion procedure. The procedure is typically performed only after conservative treatment has been applied for six months or more and failed.
Dr. Carll is board certified and fellowship trained, and has performed hundreds of artificial disc replacement surgeries to address both lower back pain and neck pain. His surgical team has experience with a wide range of disc replacement devices and understands there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to artificial disc replacement. Visit Spine Care of North Texas for more information.
"I recently experienced a pinched nerve that severely affected my ability to use my right hand. I contacted Dr. Carll who immediately went to work on my behalf. Knowing that this was a time sensitive situation Dr. Carll went out of his way to ensure that I received the appropriate MRIs, CAT scans, and nerve studies to properly diagnose my situation. After reviewing all the test Dr. Carll exhibited true professionalism and integrity by referring me out to Dr. Patty Young (I am so thankful for your referral) who specialized in the surgery that I would need. Dr. Carll could’ve chosen to operate because I had several degenerative disc, however he chose ethics over profit. Dr. Carll is a true professional that will put your health over profit! When it comes to your health there’s nothing more important than having a doctor that you can trust to be professional and ethical. Thank you Dr. Carll for providing me with both!"- K.H. / Google / Aug 29, 2018
"Dr. Carll and his staff are so kind and professional and make everything so easy for you to understand. Dr. Carll really cares about his patients and I can see that! Literally every day was a risk for me and he has saved my life and taken away all of the pain I have felt for many years. I absolutely cannot tell you enough about how you need to come see him. Even if you have been to other surgeons, just go get his professional opinion."- J.B. / Google / Sep 04, 2020
"Dr.Carll is an amazing back surgeon. He performed a spinal fusion surgery on me and I am very pleased with the results. His staff is amazing, friendly and always helpful. The hospital where he performed the surgery was also amazing! The staff took great care of me and was friendly helpful and caring at all times. I would recommend Dr. Carll to any one of my loved one, friends, even strangers!!!! ALWAYS do your research before picking a back surgeon. Dr. Carll explained everything in a way I could understand & i can say with confidence that he truly cares about his patients!!!!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Feb 28, 2020
"My name is Mark Walter. Doctor Carll and his staff are simply the best when it comes to spine and back care, bar none ! Ive had a total of 6 spine surgeries to date. My first one was done by a different doctor and it failed. I found Dr Carll after exhaustive research and countless inital consultations with numerous other doctors and I'm so glad I found him. He has since then performed five additional spine surgeries on me. I was badly screwed up to say the least and he literally gave me my life back. I highly recommend him to everyone including my own family members, one of which he also done surgery on and like me she was totally thrilled with him and the results. His staff are hands down the best in the business and the only team that Ive NEVER had a single complaint or issue with !!! This man knows his stuff and sets the standard other doctors and surgeons only dream of achieving. No games and no lies. Just kindness, honesty, and most importantly, he treats people like his friends and neighbors and not an ATM machine like so many doctors do now days. Give his office a call. Its the best thing you will ever do for your spine & your own peace of mind."- F. / Google / Nov 07, 2019
"Dr Carll was a lifesaver for me! I fought the back pain from a pinched/herniated sciatic nerve for 7 months. I tried everything from PT, chiropractic, spinal decompression, antigravity table, ibuprofen and more ibuprofen and steroids. Eventually, the pain was so unbearable that I could not sit through a meal or even drive. I finally gave up avoiding surgery and went to Dr Carll. I had minimally invasive microdisctectomy and the results were excellent. A few months of rehab later and I’ve got my life back. I’m so glad I saw Dr. Carll! He was so caring and explained everything thoroughly, including what to expect after surgery. His staff was just as wonderful and caring. I’d go back to him in a heartbeat. I’m very grateful for his skilled hands. God bless them."- M.J. / Healthgrades / Oct 15, 2019
Not everyone is a good candidate for artificial disc replacement. Most physicians will rule out patients who have spondylolisthesis (the slipping of one vertebral body across a lower one), patients who have osteoporosis, vertebral body fractures, allergies to materials that may be in the device, patients who are morbidly obese, individuals who have undergone significant changes to their facet joints, and those who have autoimmune problems or who use steroids on a regular basis. Also, total disc replacements are designed to be implanted from an anterior approach. Patients who have had previous abdominal surgery or who have compromised blood vessels in front of the spine are also not good candidates for artificial disc replacement.
Artificial disc replacement surgery is performed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. After you have fallen into a deep sleep, Dr. Carll will make an incision in your abdomen, where he will move your organs and blood vessels to the side to access your spine. Next, the damaged disc will be removed and replaced with the new artificial disc. Your organs and blood vessels will then be placed back into their normal positions and your incisions will be closed. Upon the conclusion of the surgery, you will be closely monitored until you wake up. Then you will be lead to a recovery room where you will stay for the next couple of days.
What to Expect
As is to be expected with any surgery, you may be uncomfortable while you heal. Pain medication may be prescribed to help control the discomfort during this time. You will be encouraged to stand and begin moving around within the first day. Careful instruction will be given to ensure that your movements are proper and productive. As healing progresses, you will be encouraged to walk and stretch on a regular basis. Disc replacement surgery will drastically improve your pain but may not eliminate it altogether.
Head Toward Healing
Although artificial disc replacement surgery may seem like an intimidating procedure, it can offer incredible pain relief. With more than 15 years of experience treating complex back conditions, Dr. Carll understands that back pain can be debilitating and life altering. If you have attempted conservative methods for pain relief but are still suffering from back pain, schedule a consultation at Spine Care of North Texas at your earliest convenience. It’s time to head toward healing and fight back against back pain.