transcutaneous lumbar disc resection spine surgery

This minimally invasive spine procedure can be done in place of a complex spinal fusion or laminectomy.

back pain spine specialist

Dr. Richard Marks has provided advanced surgical care to relieve back pain in more than 5,000 discs.

back pain

Dr. Marks has performed more Transcutaneous Lumbar Disc resections than anyone in the U.S.

Dr. Richard A. Marks has physician ownership and/or investment interests in Bina Diagnostic.


Richard A. Marks, M.D., P.A.

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Plano

Dr. Richard Marks is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in Plano specializing on the spine and knee. Dr. Marks treats a variety of conditions. His particular sub-specialties include back pain, neck pain and knee pain for people of all ages.  He has performed multiple types of back surgeries ranging from the more complex cases such as spine fusion procedures to the least intrusive procedures such as the Transcutaneous Lumbar Disc Resection and arthroscopic surgery.

Dr. Marks and his caring staff take a personalized approach when providing advanced surgical care.  They are committed to providing relevant information and appropriate treatment options to help patients make informed decisions.

Breakthrough in Spine Surgery

Dr. Marks is the leading pioneer in one of the most exciting surgical breakthroughs for spine surgery called Transcutaneous Lumbar Disc Resection (TDR). This minimally invasive spine procedure was originally developed to return amateur, collegiate and professional athletes to their sport in the least amount of time, and with the best long term prognosis to minimize need for additional surgery in the future. Potential candidates for the TDR procedure have been significantly expanded since its introduction to the medical world. They now include patients ranging in age from adolescent to elderly, and in athleticism from elite to “never exercised in my whole life.”

As an orthopedic surgeon of the spine pioneering this advanced procedure, Dr. Marks has performed this outpatient, minimally invasive spine procedure on over 6,000 discs. Using specially crafted proprietary tools, Dr. Marks has done significantly more of these proprietary procedures than anyone in the United States! To learn if you are a candidate for this amazing surgery, please contact our office at 972-231-7100.

Back Pain and Neck Pain Solutions

The most common complaints related to the spine are back pain and neck pain with or without symptoms ranging from pain to numbness to weakness in arms or legs. They are frequently caused by disease or injuries to the discs, nerves, ligaments or muscles in and around the spine. Dr. Marks uses state-of-the-art imaging equipment to diagnose, and he offers a full range of conservative (non-surgical) options to treat. If conservative measures fail, advanced surgical techniques are offered when appropriate or felt necessary for symptom relief. Some of the spine conditions Dr. Marks treats are:

  • Herniated, Ruptured or Slipped Disc
  • Bulging or Protruded Disc
  • Internal Disc Derangement
  • Dark, or Black Disc on MRI
  • Cracked or Fissured Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Whiplash

Knee Pain Solutions

At some point in time, most Americans will experience some level of knee pain. Often times, knee pain will require seeking out the care of a knee specialist in both diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Richard Marks has extensive training and years of experience to properly diagnose and treat a variety of knee problems. His particular expertise relates to knee pain pain or trauma.

Compassionate Orthopedic Surgeon

Patients come to Dr. Marks not only for evaluation, but the thought of relief from their pain and return to a normal lifestyle. The majority of his patients improve to the point that they can be discharged feeling markedly better than when they arrived. A good orthopedic surgeon will never have a “full” practice. Dr. Marks’ goal is to give patients their lives back, not to create a lifetime of chronic pain. Learn more about our surgeon, Dr. Richard Marks, on our website.

Schedule an Appointment

We are seeing new patients. To schedule an appointment with our orthopedic surgeon of the spine and knee, please call our office at 972-231-7100 or use our easy online contact form.

I hope this message finds you well. It is with a heavy heart that I announce my upcoming retirement and the permanent closure of my practice, effective on May 15, 2024. I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the support and trust you have placed in me over the years. As I prepare for this new chapter in my life, I want to assure you that your medical records and information will be handled with the utmost care and confidentiality. Should you require access to your records or have any inquiries, please contact us at marksortho@gmail.com. Thank you once again for the privilege of serving you as your healthcare provider. It has been a true honor. I wish you all the very best for the future. Warm regards, Dr Richard Marks