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Dr. Tapan Daftari featured for revolutionary spine surgery

June 2006
Dr. Tapan Daftari featured for revolutionary spine surgery

An orthopedic surgeon with 13 years of experience, Dr. Tapan K. Daftari, was recently featured in The Marietta Daily Journal for a revolutionary surgery called "Charite," which involves artificial disc replacement. Though it's been widely available in Europe for many years, the FDA in this country approved it only in 2004. The article reported at length on a case study where the patient, Michele Blumengold, had been suffering from excruciating back pain which had eventually caused her to give up her job as a teacher. Both patient and doctor were excited by the possibilities that this new surgical option offered. Commenting on the successful surgery, Blumengold was quoted as saying that the change as a result of the surgery was "unbelievable." The article hinted at the pioneering efforts of Daftari which give hope to many previously hopeless back pain sufferers. Thanks to a successful application of this cutting edge procedure, "there is now a way to restore functions, improve outcomes and preserve motion that was not previously available," the doctor has been quoted.

Daftari, who has a medical degree from Northwestern in Chicago, did his spine surgery fellowship in Michigan and residency at Emory University.

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