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The Disc Replacement Center

at Virginia Spine Institute


The board-certified spine surgeons at Virginia Spine Institute (VSI) have been performing disc replacement surgery since 2005. On the forefront of minimally-invasive artificial disc replacement surgery, The Disc Replacement Center at VSI has become a worldwide destination for people searching for motion-saving solutions to resolve their neck or back pain.

The human body was designed to move, and as surgeons, preserving that motion in the spine whenever we can is inherently beneficial. Artificial disc replacements provide the benefits of improving range of motion and flexibility after surgery and potentially decrease the risk for additional issues and surgeries in the future. Virginia Spine Institute is at the forefront of minimally-invasive disc replacement surgery. This groundbreaking surgical method and advanced technology allow us to offer more effective treatment options than available in the past.

Our surgeons are leading the nation in surgical firsts in single-level and multi-level disc replacements. The creativity in our approach to treatment allows patients to receive the most custom solution for their specific condition(s). In some instances, we combine disc replacement with spinal fusion, known as hybrid spine surgery.


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As compared to other centers around the world, the surgeons at The Disc Replacement Center perform both cervical (neck) disc replacements and lumbar (lower back) disc replacements while regularly performing single-level and multi-level surgeries on both areas of the spine. They can also perform hybrid spine surgery, where a combination of both artificial disc replacement and spinal fusion is used to create the most customized solution for our patients.


Through this groundbreaking surgical method and advanced technology, we are able to offer more effective treatment options than ever available in the past. The benefits of this innovative surgical procedure surpass anything previous traditional spine surgeries could offer.

Greater Functionality With No Limitations
No matter who, and no matter what activity level, we have seen success in getting patients back to their lives through disc replacements. Whether you’re a new parent or an MMA boxer, disc replacement surgery can work for your spine condition.

Reduces Stress on the Adjacent Levels Above and Below
Our spine is a series of segments that move with each other. When one doesn’t move as well, the others have to compensate and work harder.

Preserves the Natural Range of Motion of Your Spine
With a spinal fusion, approximately 10 degrees of motion is lost in the neck, per level fused. For example, if you have three levels of your spine fused, that equates to a 30% loss of natural motion in your spine.

Quicker Recovery as Compared to Spinal Fusion
By using absorbable surgery sutures, implementing ERAS protocol, and following a spine-specialized physical therapy rehabilitation program, you can return to life quicker than ever before.


It is important to find a spine surgeon that is not only patient-focused but also skilled in the world of disc replacements.

Has Experience With All Different Implants
You want to make sure your surgeon has worked with all seven generations of disc replacements. This will allow them to know the ins and outs of what is best for your specific condition and needs.

Knows How To Customize
Your spine is unique, so your surgery should be too. Make sure your surgeon is using multiple types and sizes of disc replacements. This will allow for the most customized surgery for your condition.

Is Participating in the Research
When your spine surgeon is part of the research, they have the inside knowledge of how well each and every disc replacement performs for each type of disc replacement surgery.

Focuses on Disc Replacements
While fusions are still a viable option for spine surgery when needed, they are the traditional form of surgery. Disc Replacements are the modern minimally invasive spine surgery of today and allow you, as the patient, to benefit not only in achieving a faster recovery but also in being able to live a life post-surgery with no limitations.


This world-renowned team of spine surgeons is at the forefront of seamlessly providing elevated spine care to improve the lives of those suffering from neck and back conditions. Our patients have returned to their lives faster through customized treatment plans that include technologically advanced surgeries, minimally invasive procedures, and the latest alternatives to surgery including regenerative medicine. The team at Virginia Spine Institute are international leaders that have dedicated their careers to improving patients’ lives and educating their peers.

Dr. Christopher R. Good

Dr. Colin M. Haines

Dr. Ehsan Jazini

Dr. Thomas C. Schuler

Recovery After Disc Replacement Surgery

Our care for our patients doesn’t end in the operating room. This philosophy is unique because we understand the emotional and physical demands surgery may impose. We play an active role in our patients’ recovery by setting expectations and goals so they feel supported through this critical stage of their treatment. Luckily for patients at Virginia Spine Institute, their spine care team includes not only their surgeon and physician assistants, but we also have a team of in-house spine-specialized physical therapists who are experts in spine surgery rehab. This model has been a game-changer for our patients’ recovery.