First U.S. Service Member to Get Artificial Disc Named TBI ‘Patient of the Month’

Share Article

U.S. Marine Calls Disc Replacement a “Life Changer”

To honor the millions of Americans who serve in uniform and to recognize the military’s first recipient of an artificial disc, Texas Back Institute announced U.S. Marine Alex Fender as Patient of the Month for November 2012.

Fender became the first active duty service member to receive an artificial disc in April 2004.

“We performed extensive research on artificial disc replacement,” says Dr. Scott Blumenthal, a Spine Surgeon at Texas Back Institute. “After serious consideration and much discussion with Alex, we agreed that it was the best procedure.”

Eight years later, Fender’s going strong. The surgeons and staff at Texas Back Institute named him Patient of the Month to honor his military service as a U.S. Marine, and to recognize his pioneering attitude for ADR.

“Fusion was not the right option for me,” says Fender “I thought ADR had the best likelihood to give me the full range of motion and lifestyle I needed to get on with my life.”

He was up and walking pain-free just hours after his surgery. He had no complications, served four more years on Active Duty, and was honorably discharged in 2008.

Today, Fender is a successful entrepreneur in Dallas. He now serves as CEO of Funnel Science, an internet marketing and SEO agency.

Fender is well aware, however, that many of his friends and former colleagues in uniform do not make an easy transition into civilian life. Military service-members face a tough 12% unemployment rate and often-severe medical barriers, which can impede or prevent civilian employment.

“Staying healthy is objective number one,” says Fender. “You can’t get on with your life if you’re not able to get up and go to work. TBI gave me that opportunity, and I’m glad to be an example of how well this surgery works.”

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Cheryl Zapata

Jeff Brady
Brady Media Group
Email >
Follow us on