Source: Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery
When a spinal condition got to the point of preventing Marine Corps. veteran Frank Tagle from enjoying his family, he knew he needed to do something. Frank had been told he needed to have spinal fusion surgery, but he didn’t want that. He wanted to retain motion and continue to perform his physically active job. Frank took matters into his own hands and sought out disc replacement surgery.
… Frank had researched different types of surgeries. The headache of working with VA doctors and insurance came to a head when a doctor tried to push the one thing Frank, working as a federal agent, did not want: fusion.
“My job depends on my physical fitness,” Frank says. “My career depends on me being able to endure hours upon hours wearing 60 pounds, running, jumping, shooting, climbing and fighting; everything the taxpayers have asked me to do. My forte is out here in the field with my team, with my agents, doing what we do. This is where I want to end my career.”
… In April 2020, the FDA approved the 1st two-level lumbar disc replacement for a specific device called the prodisc L.
… [Then in] July 2020, Frank ending up having a two-level lumbar disc replacement at THCDS. After the surgery, Frank woke up to something he hadn’t felt in two decades: cold feet.
He had worn shorts and flip flops in 20-degree weather before it never bothered him. He had no idea how much nerve damage he had done to himself. Standing up, walking around, stepping into the shower where he could finally feel every drop of water. It brought perplexed and grateful tears to his eyes.
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