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Treatment for Chronic Back Pain

Patients with spinal pain often feel they face two distinct paths: one that requires surgery, and one that does not. The uncertainty of which path to choose can cause as much inertia as the pain itself causes immobility. People are worried they won’t get better, or they are worried about where surgery could lead. Our surgeons believe in customized care to find the best options if more conservative treatment fails. These can range from minimally invasive procedures to complex revisions, as well as deformity and scoliosis surgery.

Patients often come to the Spine Section of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at The GW Medical Faculty Associates after receiving several medical opinions. They can be frustrated looking for an answer to relieve their pain, and fear the possibility of surgery. That’s why our physicians believe comprehensive care matters, and trust matters.

The Spine Service (adult and pediatric) offers expertise in the evaluation of conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, including:

  • Degenerative Conditions
  • Adult and Pediatric Deformities (pediatric scoliosis)
  • Metabolic and Neoplastic Problems
  • Fractures and Dislocations
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Clinical Trials

  • Retrospective Study to Assess the lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF) Surgical Approach (LLIF Retrospective Study)
    This will be a retrospective clinical study involving 80 patients that underwent Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion and Posterior Pedicle Screw Fixation using the PATRIOT TransContinental or CALIBER-L LLIF Spacer and REVOLVE or REVERE Stabilization Systems.
  • Prospective Study to Evaluate the Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgical Approach (LLIF Prospective Study)
    The objective of this study is to gather clinical data and satisfaction ratings from patients who have undergone the MIS LLIF surgical approach using the Patriot TransContinental, CALIBER-L or INTERCONTINENTAL LLIF Spacer and REVOLVE Stabilization System for qualifying patients with 1-2 contiguous levels of degenerative disc disease (L2-S1) with mechanical low back pain and radicular symptoms. A total of 45 patients between 18 and 80 years of age will be enrolled and followed for 2 years with data collection preoperatively and postoperatively.
  • BioSET Prefix Study
    This study is designed to evaluate the safety and preliminary effectiveness of one coating concentration of Prefix compared to iliac crest bone in approximately 22 skeletally mature subjects diagnosed with degenerative disc disease (DDD) at one vertebral level (L2-S1).
  • A Prospective, Non-randomized, Multi-Center Investigation of All-Suture-based Repair of Horizontal Meniscal Tears (STITCH Study)
    This study is seeking participants who may have a horizontal meniscus tear in their knee. Today it is unknown whether fixing a horizontal meniscus tear will result in a better outcome than the common approach of removing the tear. This research study will document whether a horizontal meniscus tear can hold together and heal if it is repaired with stitches. This study will also document any changes in knee pain and function after the procedure.