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Clinical Trials

Dr. Kenneth Pettine in Clinical Trial Spine SurgeryThe foundation of The Spine Institute is research. At the core of that research is our extensive participation in numerous clinical trials for the scientific advancement of cervical and lumbar treatments.

Technology is changing rapidly, and while there are a number of devices in various stages of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, there are also investigational devices that are gaining full FDA approval on a regular basis. The staff at The Spine Institute will help you understand the current standing of all devices and select the right procedure for your condition.

The Spine Institute is now enrolling candidates for a variety of clinical research trials to examine alternatives to lumbar and cervical spine fusion, including lumbar and cervical artificial disc replacement, and treatments for lumbar stenosis. These trials are a part of an FDA application to gain approval for a number of devices and procedures. Some of these surgical procedures have been performed in Europe for over a decade and are now being subjected to scientific analysis in the United States. You may research all clinical trials at

The clinical trials are designed to prove the safety and efficacy of devices for treating degenerative disc disease (DDD) and other conditions that are currently surgically treated with a spinal fusion. Each trial has its own requirements. If you are interested in participating, please call our research coordinator, Nic Rittenhouse, at 970.669.8881 ext. 229 or email her.

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