Back Injury | U.S. Marine Veteran Alex Fender Gets Life Back | Texas Back Institute | Plano Texas

By | November 14, 2019


My name is Alex Fender and I served in the
Marine Corps from 1999 to 2008. I was in logistics and
the S3 shop. I got hurt in 2002. I was on med-hold from 2002 to 2004. So during that time, this is no joke,
I saw 20 different doctors. It got to the point, it was going on for so long, that the command said we’re going to
medically retire you. I had three choices: either live with it and get medically
separated, I could have a fusion and have a Navy doctor do that, or, at the time, the artificial disc was an experimental surgery. I was aware of it, I had researched it, I knew that in Europe
they had been doing that procedure and I told the command to send me
to Europe, to a base in Europe so I could have the surgery done overseas. That’s about the time I was referred to Dr. Blumenthal. Dr. Blumenthal did some tests. They said I was a candidate for the FDA trial. I immediately said yes. I said, “I want to do it. I believe in this.” Alex had the disc during the FDA trial. Since that time, we have another 10 years of experience the results of the FDA trial, as good as they were, have held up even long-term, both for those patients as well as for the patients we’ve continued to do after the trial. I was the very first DOD
member to have the artificial disc replacement surgery. I was walking the same day that I had the surgery. I mean, I can remember I used to have pain that was on the side of my legs. It would wrap around the front, just constant, every day. I haven’t had that pain since the day before the surgery. It’s just amazing. It’s just, to go from just being depressed, not seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, and then getting hope, and then just back to normal. Back to the way things should be.

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