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Hospital Affiliations

  • Lake Norman Regional Medical Center

Ben Garrido, MD

Clinical Interests: Lumbar stenosis, minimally invasive techniques with outpatient surgery and motion preservation.

Meet Dr. Garrido

Dr. Garrido is a Board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in all aspects of spine surgery, including cervical, thoracic, and lumbar.

Dr. Ben J. Garrido received his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Garrido completed two spine fellowships: Indiana Spine Group under the direction of Rick C. Sasso, M.D. and in Santiago, Chile under internationally renowned Bartolome Marre, M.D.

Dr. Garrido is actively involved in spine surgery research and interested in prevention of adjacent segment disease and minimally invasive techniques. He has authored and co-authored journal articles and book chapters on current leading topics in the spine literature. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Garrido resides in the Charlotte area and enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding and traveling.


Hospital Affiliations

ALake Norman Regional Medical Center
171 Fairview Road
P.O. Box 3250
Mooresville, NC 28117
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Physician Group Locations

1Lake Norman Orthopedic Spine Center - Mooresville
170 Medical Park Road, #102
Mooresville, NC 28117
Phone: (704) 660-4750
Fax: (704) 660-4751
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Credentials & Education

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc.


  • Medical Education:
    • Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Internship:
    • General Surgery - Indiana University Hospitals, Indianapolis, IN
  • Residency:
    • Orthopedic Surgery - Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN


  • Orthopaedic Spine Surgery - Indiana Spine Group, Indianapolis, IN


  • Cervical Spine Research Society, 2013
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2012
  • North Carolina Spine Society, 2010
  • AO Spine North America, 2009
  • North American Spine Society, 2008
B.J. Garrido, K.E. Wood

The Spine Journal. April 2011:11(4):331-35

Navigated placement of iliac bolts: description of a new technique.

B.J. Garrido, R.C.Sasso, D Riew
B.J.Garrido, R.C.Sasso

The Spine Journal, Pending Review

Odontoid Resorption after Posterior OccipitoCervical Fusion in Rheumatoid Basilar Invagination, A Case Report.

B.J.Garrido, G.K.Myo, R.C.Sasso

Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques. Feb 2011:24(1):20-23

Rigid vs Non-Rigid OccipitoCervical Fusion: A Clinical Comparison of Short Term Outcomes.

B.J.Garrido, T.A.Taha, R.C.Sasso
B.J.Garrido, T.J. Puschak, P.A. Anderson, R.C.Sasso
N.M. Best, R.C. Sasso, B.J. Garrido
R.C. Sasso, B.J. Garrido

Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, June 2008 (16):330-337

Postoperative Spinal Wound Infections.

R.C. Sasso, B.J. Garrido
M.J Liptay, G.A. Masters, D.J. Winchester, B. Edelman, B.J. Garrido, T.R. Hirschtritt, R.M. Perlman, W.A. Fry

Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 2000; (70):384-90

Intraoperative Radioisotope Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping inNon-Small Cell Lung Cancer.

B.J. Garrido, R.C. Sasso

2013 Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers

Surgical Atlas of Spinal Operations. Chapter 18 Occipitocervical Fusion Techniques.

B.J. Garrido, R.C. Sasso

January 2012 W.B. Saunders Co. Elsevier Inc.

Orthopedic Clinics of North America. Chapter 1 Occipitocervical Fusion.

B.J. Garrido, R.C. Sasso

Thieme Medical Publishers

Handbook of Spine Surgery. Chapter 14 Spinal Navigation 2011.

B.J. Garrido, R.C. Sasso

Thieme Medical Publishers

Handbook of Spine Surgery. Chapter 58 Facet Screw Fixation/Fusion.

R.C. Sasso, B.J. Garrido

2010 Quality Medical Publishing, Inc.

Cervical Spine Surgery: Current Trends and Challenges. Chapter 10 Bryan Disc Technique and Outcomes.

R.C. Sasso, B.J. Garrido

2010, Quality Medical Publishing, Inc.

Cervical Spine Surgery:Current Trends and Challenges. Chapter 36 Occipitocervical Fusion.

R.C. Sasso, B.J. Garrido

2008, Thieme publication

Spinal Surgery:Tricks of the Trade (2nd Edition). Chapter 77 Cervical Disc Replacement.


I Wouldn't Even Consider Going Anywhere Else for Spine Care.

Date of service: 03/27/2014

Dr. Garrido has performed two cervical fusions on me in the past 12 months. I had been in severe pain for almost two years, and had been told by other spine doctors that there was nothing that could be done for me, other than pain management. Dr. Garrido took the time to point out the obvious problems on my X-rays and MRI, and the surgery that he perfomed immediately eliminated my pain.

The office staff, surgical team, and Dr. Garrido have been extremely kind, caring, and efficient. I wouldn't even consider going anywhere else for spine care.


Dr. Garrido Fixed the Problem, not just Managed the Pain.

Date of service: 03/14/2014

I heartily recommend Dr. Ben Garrido as an exceptionally skilled spine surgeon. After suffering intermittent, low back pain for 20 plus years, I had consulted with several physicians, orthopedists, chiropractors, and physical therapists, seeking relief without positive results.

Three years ago, I began experiencing crippling sciatica from which I was desperate for relief. After 2 years of injections, oral medications (without results), and being told to “do anything I could to avoid surgery, I met Dr. Garrido. He walked right into the examination room with “you do not have a pain management issue. You have a surgical issue!” He was absolutely correct!

Two weeks later I had lumbar spinal surgery consisting of multiple repairs and cyst removal. That afternoon I stood up, walked, and shouted with joy because I was finally pain free. I am still pain free 3 months later and thankful for a new lease on life.

I am grateful for the expertise of Dr. Garrido and the phenomenal equipment of Lake Norman Orthopedic Spine Center. Most of all I am thankful for Dr. Garrido’s willing determination and skill to fix the problems and not just attempt to manage the pain.


Instant Relief

Date of service: 01/31/2014

I had a condition in my lower back known as stenosis. Over the past few years I have had several injections, and I have participated in Physical therapy sessions. My latest episode was mid November 2013, and the shots did not help. I was also experiencing severe pain in my leg from a pinched sciatic nerve. Dr. Garrido performed surgery and I had instant relief. The surgery was smooth, and the only pain I had following the procedure was soreness at the incision site. I didn’t even use any pain medication. Since then, I have completely discontinued all of my arthritis medications. I am very pleased with Dr. Garrido and his staff. My recovery is remarkable!