Spine - General

Dr. Johnson is one of the most experienced disc replacement surgeons in the country.

Learn more about Dr. Johnson's extensive experience:

More than 120 Lumbar Artificial Disc replacements in 2023 alone.
First 4 level keeled Activ L in the world
Routinely lectures both nationally and internationally on Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacements
Wrote the chapter on Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacements for spine surgeons in Rothman-Simeone and Herkowitz 7th edition
Routinely teaches other spine surgeons on Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacements

Artificial Disk Replacement (ADR)

Patient Testimonials




"Dr. Johnson at Summit Orthopaedics saved my life! I had suffered with severe back pain and a list of increasing issues for years. I had begun losing hope that anyone would be able to help me until I was fortunate enough to get an appointment with this amazing group of people. My pain had become so severe that it began to affect my work and relationships. I was no longer able to attend my children's sports activities, family vacations, or complete daily activities due to the fact of not being able to sit or stand for a sustained amount of time. Prior to my first visit to Summit, I was mentally and physically exhausted. I had seen more physicians than I could count, attended physical therapy, received multiple injections, treated by chiropractors and had undergone countless MRIs. I was ready to give up. Dr. Johnson took the time to listen to me, and was attentive to all of my needs and concerns. He was extremely thorough when answering questions I had and made sure to give me every fact available when it came to procedure options. I never felt pressured and was always reassured that they would support whichever decision I made when it came to my treatment. Last year I received an Artificial Disk Replacement from Dr. Johnson. I truly am back to 100%. I do not know how I lived my life in such pain for so long. I had forgotten what it was like to sleep through the night, and function during the day without having to fight back tears. This disk replacement has truly changed my life and given me back my smile! I will forever be grateful to Dr. Johnson and his staff!"

ADR Patients

Lumbar ADR X-Rays

Cervical ADR X-Rays

All radiographs are from actual pts of Dr. Johnson’s and some of which are off label use as was explained in detail to pts prior to surgical intervention.  As such, pts elected to move forward with surgical intervention of their own free will, choice and understanding.

Basivertebral Nerve Ablation

A “Miracle” Procedure - Grandmother Now Pain Free 

Debbie’s lower back pain was debilitating her from living her life. It kept her from playing with her 14 grandchildren, and she was starting to feel depressed. Thankfully, Debbie found our very own Dr. Robert E. Johnson at Summit Orthopaedics, where he recommended the Intracept® Procedure.

6 months after her procedure, Debbie is back to feeling pain-free. She feels that she has a “New Lease on Life” and has referred to this procedure as a Miracle. 

Click on the video to watch the full story and learn about the success the Intercept® Procedure has for treating chronic lower back pain.