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Safe and expert care for your back and neck pain

Trust us to provide the care you need

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedics, we are Maryland’s only robotic orthopedics specialty center. We lead the state in outpatient joint surgery where you’ll get the best care, in a safe environment and return home sooner. Now more than ever, that matters. If your neck or back hurts, MedStar Health spine specialists can evaluate your pain at 12 convenient locations spanning Central Maryland:

  • Bel Air
  • Ellicott City
  • Frederick
  • Hunt Valley
  • Pikesville
  • Timonium
  • Waugh Chapel
  • Westminster
  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • MedStar Good Samaritan
  • MedStar Harbor
  • MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals in Baltimore

We can help relieve your back pain

Our comprehensive care includes non-surgical, minimally invasive and surgical treatment options.


  • How a Spine Specialist Can Help

    MedStar Health experts diagnose and treat the full range of spine conditions. We offer minimally invasive, and standard treatments for adults and teens with common and rare diseases that affect the spine, such as:

    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Herniated discs
    • Scoliosis
    • Sciatica
    • Stenosis
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Spinal tumors
    • Spinal fractures
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis

    With advanced imaging—and insights about your symptoms and goals—we can pinpoint the cause of your spine pain and recommend a treatment plan to help you enjoy more pain-free days.

  • Treatment Options

    Most patients find relief from spine pain without surgery. Our experts will discuss all your treatment options—we will personalize your care plan based on your lifestyle, needs, and goals. For maximum pain management, we may recommend a combination of nonsurgical treatments, such as:

    • Injections and nerve blocks
    • Physical therapy
    • Radiofrequency ablation for nerve pain

    MedStar Health spine surgeons are experts in minimally invasive and traditional techniques. If you need surgery, we will help you understand what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. Using leading-edge robotic and image-guided technologies, we offer the full range of spine surgeries, including:

    • Cervical disc replacement
    • Discectomy
    • Intradiscal electrothermal therapy
    • Kyphoplasty
    • Laminectomy
    • Vertebroplasty
    • Spinal fusion
    • Spinal deformity surgery
  • Innovative Technology, More Precise Surgery

    High-tech surgical robots and image-guided systems don’t replace surgical expertise, but it does help us give you the most precise outcomes. Using the latest technology, our spine surgeons get a better view of your spine, nerves, and musculature—allowing us to maneuver instruments with more accuracy than ever before.

    Robotic-assisted spine surgery generally requires smaller incisions. In our expert surgeons’ hands, we can avoid disturbing healthy tissues around the spine as we correct what’s causing your symptoms. The results?

    • Shorter hospital stay
    • Faster recovery
    • Lower risk of complications
    • Intradiscal electrothermal therapy

    MedStar Health is one of the largest musculoskeletal robotic surgery programs on the East Coast. We offer unbeatable expertise in spine surgery technology. Our center was among the first in the U.S. to implement the ExcelsiusGPS™ spinal surgery system, which features 3D technology for surgical pre-mapping and a precise robotic arm for delicate maneuvers, such as implant placement. Our specialists use Airo systems for real-time imaging, delivering unparalleled precision during surgery.

Patient stories

One woman's spine surgery story

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When a spine doctor becomes a spine patient

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Patient testimonials

It's been 3 months after my cervical spine surgery. Dr. Du is a star. He treated me as if I was his most important patient. I had immediate relief following my surgery. I have remained pain free since then. Dr. Du was very thorough and compassionate. He has a great team. I could not be happier!

- PainFree in MD

"Dr. Dean has given me my life back with my second back fusion he preform on me in May 2020 after my first back fusion was done incorrectly by another surgeon. He is very caring and has a great bed side manner. He listens to you and what your symptoms are and makes his plans for treatment off of your symptoms. His medical team are just as caring and concerning for your well being pre and post op. I highly recommend Dr. Dean. I will never go anywhere else for back pain."

- Diane W.

Team partnerships

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Meet our expert physicians 

Our fellowship-trained specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute to MedStar Health are actively involved in leading edge research that is shaping the future of medicine. Our spine team is one of the largest in Maryland, and includes neurosurgical and orthopedic spine surgeons, along with physiatrists, therapists, educators and care coordinators who work together to develop a treatment plan just for you.

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