3160 North Tarrant Parkway, Suite 404
Ft. Worth, Texas 76177
1851 Medical Center Drive
Decatur, Texas 76234
Dr. Valente is one of the most trusted spine surgeons in North Texas and the founder of DISC Spine Institute. His goal is to help patients break free from back and neck pain and regain a healthy, happy, and fully functional lifestyle without surgery. When surgery is required, Mark Valente, D.O., a fellowship-trained, board-certified spine surgeon, performs both minimally invasive and traditional spinal surgery. By doing so, he can offer the optimal surgical solution that best meets each patient’s needs, versus trying to fit them into a more limited set of options.
MEET DR. MARK VALENTE
A pioneer in his field, Mark Valente, D.O., performs the most technologically advanced techniques and procedures currently available. He treats everything from routine to highly complex cases. Outside of medicine, Dr. Valente is a dedicated family man and world traveler. He has visited numerous countries, including Guatemala, where he participated in a medical mission. Visit DISCspine.com for his complete bio.
- Board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon.
- Fellowship-trained. Completed comprehensive subspecialty training in the University of California, San Diego’s acclaimed spine fellowship program.
- Nationwide, ranked #3 among all orthopedic surgeons sitting for oral board examination.
- Has lectured and published extensively.
- Has been appointed to clinical instructor positions at both Michigan State University and the University of California.
- First surgeon in the Metroplex to perform a minimally-invasive sacroiliac fusion.
- Training at leading-edge institutions throughout the country: University of California, San Diego Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, William Beaumont Hospital, Michigan
PREMIER SPINE SURGEON
Dr. Valente’s patients know they will be in the best of hands under his care. From his expertise and impressive credentials to his upbeat personality and reassuring bedside manner, Dr. Valente stands out. He routinely performs all aspects of spinal surgery—cervical, thoracic and lumbar, including minimally invasive procedures for conditions such as herniated discs, stenosis, compression fractures, degenerative disc disease, and more. He also performs complex spinal reconstruction and deformity surgeries, including scoliosis and revision surgery for patients who have undergone previous spinal surgery without success.
“I love what I do—helping people get relief from pain and enjoy an improved quality of life. There’s nothing more rewarding to me than to see someone who has been suffering, often for years, to return to an active, pain-free lifestyle,” Dr. Valente said.
LIVING PAIN-FREE STARTS WITH AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS
Getting to the exact cause of neck and back pain is critical. Without this, treatment cannot be optimized and, therefore, it may not be effective. Dr. Valente uses a variety of diagnostic tests, depending on the case, such as MRI, to pinpoint the pain source.
“The causes of back pain are often very complex,” Dr. Valente said. “It’s so important that a doctor is more than a good physician and surgeon. You must be able to accurately diagnose. The sooner an accurate diagnosis is made, the sooner the patient can receive appropriate treatment for pain relief and improve his or
her ability to enjoy everyday activities.”
CONSERVATIVE, NONSURGICAL TREATMENT FIRST
Dr. Valente makes every attempt to cure a patient’s back pain without surgery. One patient shared, “I went to several of the ‘big name’ doctors in DFW before going to Dr. Valente. I was shocked at the time he spent talking about options other than surgery. Most of the other doctors only focused on surgery.”
Dr. Valente added, “People often delay coming to see a spine specialist, even though they live with chronic pain, because they think the first thing I’m going to say is, ‘Let’s operate!’ This couldn’t be further from the truth. Around 80 to 90 percent of the patients I see don’t need spinal surgery.”
In most cases, Dr. Valente’s first course of treatment is anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy. Conservative treatments also include massage, ultrasound, chiropractic, aquatic therapy, and more. If these measures don’t provide pain relief, Dr. Valente may suggest other nonsurgical treatments such as epidural steroid injection therapy. Only when conservative approaches have been exhausted, or when the diagnosis shows that conservative treatments will do little to nothing to alleviate the pain, does surgery become an option as part of the comprehensive treatment plan.
LEADER IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY
Dr. Valente performs the vast majority of surgeries as minimally invasive procedures, enabling patients to recover as quickly as possible with the least amount of discomfort and return to active lifestyles.
“Spine surgery isn’t what it used to be,” he said. “We’ve seen dramatic changes on both the diagnostic and surgical sides over the last decade. Thanks to new, less-invasive procedures and technological advances, patient outcomes have improved immensely.”
Although we hear a lot about minimally invasive surgery today, Dr. Valente cautions that only a minority of spine surgeons do it. “It’s growing, but there are many surgeons who were trained prior to the advent of minimally invasive surgery. They keep performing what they know best—open surgery.”
LEE IS “UP AND READY TO
GO” AFTER SURGERY “WITHOUT PAIN”
Lee went to the hospital when he started having pain down the side of his arm and in his chest, but they didn’t find anything wrong. Later, he was diagnosed with a bulging disc that placed pressure on the nerve, causing the tingling and pain.
“I saw a chiropractor for six months, and I underwent pain management,” Lee said. “Nothing really worked, so I decided to see a spine doctor. I didn’t want to waste more time or be in pain any longer.
“Before I saw Dr. Valente I went to another doctor for a consultation. To be honest, I didn’t feel comfortable with him and kept looking. After reading about Dr. Valente, I made an appointment. He was different than the first doctor. Dr. Valente explained everything to me in plain English instead of using doctor’s terms. He didn’t make promises, gave me options, and was honest about what I could expect. I enjoyed Dr. Valente’s personality, too. He’s always friendly, happy, and his confidence reassures you.
“When I woke up from surgery, I didn’t feel any pain and my throat wasn’t sore—something Dr. Valente said might happen right after surgery. I was up the next morning, dressed, and ready to go. I felt so good and I still do! I don’t have any pain, and I have Dr. Valente to thank.”
SALLY CALLS DR. VALENTE
A GREAT SURGEON WITH A
Sally, a fitness trainer, was suffering from excruciating back pain when her family physician referred her to Dr. Mark Valente.
“Dr. Valente’s level of personal care, compassion and concern for his patients is remarkable,” Sally said. “He spent lots of time with me asking questions, listening and explaining things.
“I was concerned about having surgery and was relieved when Dr. Valente told me he tries conservative, nonsurgical measures first. After undergoing injections and physical therapy for my spinal stenosis, we decided surgery was the best option. He discussed everything with me step-by-step and was honest with me about what to expect. Dr. Valente talked with my family, and even gave me his cell phone number and called me at home. I was also going through a loss in my family at this time. Seeing how upset I was, he gave me a hug. He’s very kind and has a big heart.
“After surgery, I feel 110 percent better! If my spine disease further progresses, I will only go to Dr. Valente, and I would recommend him to anyone.”
THE HEALING PROCESS BEGINS AT DISC SPINE INSTITUTE
Dr. Mark Valente is accepting new patients at the Disc Spine Institute. He has multiple offices in North Texas. Visit his informative, easy-to-navigate website for more information at DISCSpine.com.