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Read Inspiring Posts of Everyday Triumphs After Disc Replacement & Spinal Fusion


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You may be feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, alone, and confused in your struggle with neck, arm, back, and leg discomfort. At rediscover, we have developed a community dedicated to providing you hope and support through access to success stories.

Our Patient Ambassadors and Spokespeople are former pain sufferers who have either undergone a Total Disc Replacement procedure with prodisc, or a fusion procedure with STALIF, and have regained their lives! Whether they are back to work, spending time with their loved ones, or engaging in high-performance activities, they are willing to share their experiences and inspire others who may be facing similar challenges.


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Spokesperson

Brian Gay

Five-Time PGA Tour Winner


"People are amazed at my recovery and how quickly I was able to get back to my personal and professional activities. As a professional golfer, I had confidence in the prodisc system based on its inherent stability and long-term history of success. Stability was especially important considering my extensive physical activities."


Age: 46

Procedure Type: Cervical Total Disc Replacement with prodisc C

Interests: Golf, Traveling, Winter Sports

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Rory Sabbatini

Six-Time PGA Tour Winner


"I probably feel better today than when I was 30 years old! Since having prodisc implanted, I have no issues with my neck and have full range of motion."


Age: 42

Procedure Type: Cervical Total Disc Replacement with prodisc C

Interests: Golf and Spending Time with Family

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Surgeon Patient

Robert Masson, M.D.

Neurosurgeon


"I’ve been an advocate of prodisc from the very beginning. Being a patient myself, I understand what the journey is like. This procedure allows my patients to return to their lives."


Age: 54

Procedure Type: Cervical Total Disc Replacement with prodisc C

Interests: Motorsport Racing, Working Out, Wakeboarding, Hiking, and Mountain Climbing

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Surgeon Patient

William C. Tally, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon and Neurosurgeon


"The more that patients can see the return-to-life results that others’ achieve, the more likely they are to seek treatment for their own back pain. Spine surgery is not only about treating pain – it’s about getting patients back to living life."


Age: 46

Procedure Type: Cervical Total Disc Replacement with prodisc C

Interests: Mountaineer, Wakeboarder, Sports Enthusiiast, and Father of Two

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Joe L.M.

Medical Device Sales


"After prodisc my pain went from a 12/10 to a 1.5/10! I’m back to doing everything that I wanted without limitations."


Age: 49

Procedure Type: Cervical Total Disc Replacement with prodisc C

Interests: Running, Hiking, and Spending Time with His Family

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Surgeon Patient

Jason M. Cuéllar, MD, PhD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon


"It felt great to be able to sit for longer periods of time and start getting back to my normal life."


Age: 42

Procedure Type: Lumbar Total Disc Replacement with prodisc L

Interests: Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding, Hiking, Snowboarding, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Swimming

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Surgeon Patient

Todd Lanman, M.D.

Neurosurgeon


"Chronic back and neck pain affect all aspects of life and can make quality living very difficult. The prodisc Total Disc Replacement System is a tool I use, giving my patients the option to thrive and maintain the highest quality active lifestyle."


Age: 60

Procedure Type: Total Disc Replacement with prodisc L and prodisc C

Interests: Hiking, Swimming, and Playing Tennis with His Daughter

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Brian C.

Medical Device Sales


"I’ve seen the results from prodisc® for 13 years, there was no way I was choosing any other option."


Age: 39

Procedure Type: Total Disc Replacement with prodisc L and prodisc C

Interests: Running, Cycling, Playing Sports, Competing in Triathlons

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Robbie W.

Executive Account Manager and Field Sales Trainer


"I’m back to playing hockey and golf and enjoying life again!"


Age: 31

Procedure Type: Lumbar Total Disc Replacement with prodisc L

Interests: Working Out, Hockey, Golf, Spending Time with Loved Ones

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Irma H.

Registered Nurse


"The surgery was a real blessing in my life and allows me to enjoy the serenity of island life—relaxing at the beach with friends under the swaying palm trees and listening to music that exemplifies the island vibe I love so much."


Age: 53

Procedure Type: Cervical Total Disc Replacement with prodisc C

Interests: Enjoying the Serenity of Island Life, Relaxing at the Beach, Listening to Music

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Andrea L.

Hollywood Trainer


"Before I met my spine surgeon, I didn’t know that prodisc was a less invasive option for me. With the total disc replacement, it’s like I’ve never had a neck problem!"


Age: 53

Procedure Type: Cervical Total Disc Replacement with prodisc C

Interests: Fitness Training, including CrossFit

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Scott P.

Tour Golfer


"My normal back pain was completely gone after surgery!"


Age: 30

Procedure Type: Lumbar Fusion with STALIF

Interests: Golf and Athletics

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Kati T.

Analytical Chemistry & Dentistry


"Life is great these days! It makes me very happy to be able to get back into things so quickly."


Age: 59

Procedure Type: Cervical Fusion with STALIF

Interests: Traveling, Photography, and Spending Time with Her Husband

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Eliott J.

Retired Handyman


"This surgery changed my life. I’m able to do anything that I want and don’t feel like my body is failing me!"


Age: 63

Procedure Type: Cervical Total Disc Replacement with prodisc C

Interests: Traveling, Spending Time with his Family, Exercising, Handiwork Around the House

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Cheri P.

Physician's Assistant


"A year after my surgery, I was back to doing everything I loved!"


Age: 39

Procedure Type: Lumbar Total Disc Replacement with prodisc L

Interests: Soccer, Skydiving, Hang Gliding

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Michelle M.

Real Estate Agent


"I am back to being myself after surgery. Back to being active… back to cooking… back to taking family trips… back to me."


Age: 45

Procedure Type: Cervical Total Disc Replacement with prodisc C

Interests: Nursing, Cycling, Yoga, and a Mom of 5

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Jeremy S.

Handyman


"My back feels unbelievably better. I never thought it would be this way again!"


Age: 38

Procedure Type: Lumbar Total Disc Replacement with prodisc L

Interests: Golf, Fishing, Gardening, Working Around the House

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Gara L.

Active Mother of Two


"Looking back, if I didn't choose to get total disc replacement surgery with prodisc L, I wouldn't be who I am right now."


Age: 39

Procedure Type: Lumbar Total Disc Replacement with prodisc L

Interests: Working Out, Traveling, and Parenting Two Active Children

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Lisa R.

Retired Military (Army)


"I want to advocate because it doesn’t make sense for people to live in pain if you don’t have to. There is only so much that shots and conservative treatments can do."


Age: 52

Procedure Type: Cervical Total Disc Replacement with prodisc C

Interests: Yoga, Marathon Running, Traveling

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Kristin D.

Working Mother & Athlete


"Every year, on the anniversary of my surgery, I celebrate by doing something that I could never do if it weren’t for my new disc!"


Age: 49

Procedure Type: Lumbar Total Disc Replacement with prodisc L

Interests: Competitive Tennis, Running, Triathlons, Hiking in the Mountains

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Deanna D.

Clinical Research & Development


"This surgery is not well known, and people are skeptical of spine surgery in general. I want to help raise awareness of prodisc® C because it has changed my life!"


Age: 39

Procedure Type: Cervical Total Disc Replacement with prodisc C

Interests: Running, Hiking, Traveling, Spending Time Outdoors

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Annette M.

Single Working Mother


"I don’t take anything for granted anymore. I can’t talk more highly about putting something like this in your body."


Age: 50

Procedure Type: Cervical Total Disc Replacement with prodisc C

Interests: Spending Time with Family

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D.A. Points

PGA Tour Golfer


"It was a very easy surgery that allowed me to get healthy quickly and return to the game I love. I absolutely would not hesitate to make that same decision again."


Age: 44

Procedure Type: Cervical Total Disc Replacement with prodisc C

Interests: Professional Golf and Athletics

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They Regained Their Lives

These individuals can inspire your journey to healing and life after disc replacement surgery—and the hope of freedom from spine-induced pain and discomfort.


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