Ben J. Garrido, M.D. & Kenneth E. Wood, M.D.
Orthopedic Spinal Surgery

Patient Testimonials

Dr. Garrido fixed the problem, not just managed the pain.

Doctor: Garrido

Date of service: 03/14/2014

Testimonial: 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. -JD

Instant Relief

Doctor: Garrido

Date of service: 01/31/2014

Testimonial: 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! -MC

I never dreamed that I would ever be pain free.

Doctor: Garrido

Date of service: 10/25/2013

Testimonial: I never dreamed that I would ever be pain free. I thank you so much for making it happen.

Now I can finally do some things that I haven’t been able to do for some time. I am so happy, and thankful! -MM

The most pleasurable surgery I've ever had

Dr. Garrido:

I have collectively logged over 300 days in various hospitals, mostly from trauma surgeries. I've been the recipient of over a thousand sutures and staples combined, a 21-inch long femur rod and a few screws and plates, and along with that countless visits to the ER. I believe this qualifies me to be somewhat a good judge of professional health care, and you rate way above #1. Your team has raised the bar for all. Besides Dr. Garrido being at the top of his professional field, his ability to put together such a fabulous support team rings loud. Everyone associated with Lake Norman Orthopedic Spine Center has been truly wonderful and supportive. This has been the most pleasurable surgery I've ever had. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you very much.


Practice staff explores all treatment options

During these last months I have experienced both sciatica and nerve impingement in my lower spine. I was offered conservative treatment with both oral steroids and steroid injections in my spine in an effort to bring relief and healing. I was comfortable in treatment, knowing that surgery might be an option at some point if relief was not obtained but happy that other measures were offered. As it became clear the nerve was not improving, surgery became necessary. Dr. Garrido explained fully the procedure and recovery expectations and made the necessary arrangements. My recovery has gone extremely well. Within 8 weeks, I was walking as far as I wanted to go and was back out on Lake Norman kayaking. I am back to normal daily routine and doing well. Dr. Garrido and his staff are professional and compassionate. I very much appreciate the fact that I was treated conservatively before taking the necessary steps to surgical recovery.


This surgery has changed my life

My discectomy was done on November 13, 2012. Dr. Garrido explained the procedure to me and assured me that my sciatic pain would be gone. When I woke up from the surgery, the pain was gone; this surgery has changed my life. I can now go shopping and walking. If in the future I would need another surgery, Dr. Garrido would be the only one I would want to do it. He has really changed my life. I thank God for Dr. Garrido.


My results far exceeded my expectations

My spine condition was finally diagnosed at age 63 after six years of using a walker, significant pain, and many "there is nothing we can do for you" responses from other doctors. Dr. Garrido met with me and, after determining that my condition could be improved, agreed to perform lumbar surgery. The surgery went very well as an outpatient procedure. Today at two weeks post op, the previous leg, buttocks and back pain is pretty much completely gone. I am finally able to use my walker properly, walking behind it, and have taken some steps completely unassisted. Based on my immediate progress, I believe I will be able to walk unassisted again.

Facing back surgery is a scary situation for any patient. Dr. Garrido's honesty and confidence assured me this was a good decision. My results far exceeded my expectations. Thanks Dr. Garrido!


You have given me new life

Dr. Garrido,
I just wanted to say "thank you" one more time for relieving my nerve pain. You have given me new life, and there are not enough words to thank you. I have nothing but the utmost praise and confidence in your skills.


Out of this world fantastic staff and professionalism

In December of 2012, I was injured doing a small repair in my home. After seeking endless help from chiropractors and doctors, I was advised to seek an MRI on my lower back. Testing revealed a herniated disk. At this point (months later), I was in pain and sometimes too mean to bear. I visited Dr. Ben Garrido, and surgery was scheduled and performed. Within hours a significant difference was felt. The staff and professionalism of his office is out of this world fantastic. I have recommended Dr. Garrido to multiple friends and family members. This will be, from now on, my choice in orthopedic help.


Enjoying an active life with no restrictions

I walked into Lake Norman Orthopedic Spine Center with a referral from my trusted primary physician, Dr. Abaqueta, and was immediately impressed with the professional and caring staff. After a brief wait I was escorted back to meet with Dr. Ben Garrido. Dr. Garrido's sincere smile and firm handshake put me at ease, and after speaking with him about my lower back stenosis, I knew I had found a connection and was confident in his ability to help me. So many other places had felt clinical and more of an assembly line, but I left the appointment knowing I had finally found the right doctor.

Everything moved so quickly, from an updated MRI to another pain block injection to see if surgery was the next step needed to alleviate the constant pain. My condition had worsened to the point that the injections were no longer effective, and I had no hesitations when Dr. Garrido said the word "surgery." I have always been very active and teach group exercise in addition to mountain bike riding and competing in mud races. I wanted to continue to do these things and more, but knew that without this surgery I would not even be able to stand without pain.

The surgery was scheduled for the following week at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, which is another amazing place with caring people. When I saw Dr. Garrido walking down the hallway the morning of surgery, his confidence along with my positive thoughts had me completely at ease.

Thank you so much were the spoken words to Dr. Garrido at my two week follow-up visit, but the tears of joy and a hug showed my overflowing emotions of gratitude. He is so humble, but he has the ability to drastically improve the quality of people's lives. Knowing I will be able to enjoy an active life with no restrictions after the talents and knowledge of Dr. Garrido is worth every bit of patience and restraint during the recovery process.


Felt great right after surgery and better than I have felt in years

I went to Dr. Garrido because of my back, and I was in the worst pain I have truly ever been in my entire life. I have never once heard anyone say they had back surgery and it was great and they feel no pain. The people I talked to told me they wished they never did it and that they were in worse shape than before they did it.

I am writing this in hopes of helping anyone out there who is scared the way I was and fearing the outcome would not be good. I went to Dr. Garrido after not having luck with epidurals or anything else I tried. I was so against surgery and terrified of the outcome. I could hardly walk or sit by the time I got to Dr. Garrido. It was really taking a toll on my quality of life.

The moment Dr. Garrido walked in the room he looked me in the eye and said, "This is real easy; I can fix it." I was really surprised. The pain was so unbearable I did not even think it could be fixed. I said, "Let's do it." He promised that I would feel better immediately after surgery.

I got far more that I had bargained for. He is one of the most caring doctors that I have ever met. He truly cares about each and every one of his patients. His office staff is wonderful, very caring, and if you need to be seen or get a message to the doctor, you can bet that they will take care of it. Also, you do not wait hours to see him. You are in and out in a reasonable amount of time.

My recovery was just as he promised. I was so surprised truly on how far they have come with back surgery and how little pain there was afterwards. I felt great right after surgery and better than I have felt in years.

I have been to a lot of doctors, and if you choose to use Dr. Garrido, you will not be disappointed and are in the best hands in the Carolinas as far as I am concerned.


Relief from the Worst Pain in my Life

Dear Dr. Garrido:

It has now been two days without the excruciating pain in my left buttock and thigh, and I am in the clouds!! That had to be the worst pain in my life; even the lumbar stenosis I had in 2004 was not that bad. When the pain would hit me, it completely disabled me, making it pure agony to stand or walk.

Thank you for taking time to diagnose me properly so that one surgery was enough. Your analytical skills and dexterity certainly helped me regain my life, and in just an hour! I can't thank you enough for everything you did for me.

You and your staff were absolutely outstanding. I could not have asked for better care or more attention!! Thank you for being there and for all you have done for me.


Thanks to you, my wife can now live a normal life.

Dr. Garrido: My wife is now in rehab. Thanks to you, she is now without pain!!! She is walking very well with a walker.

Thanks to your skills and devotion to the patient, she can now live a normal life. -CS

Compassion and respect from caring and professional staff

I was treated with compassion and respect by the physicians and staff. I have never been treated with such caring and professional people in my life.

I would absolutely recommend Dr. Garrido and Dr. Wood to everyone I know. Thank you with all my heart. -NG

You cannot imagine the impact you have had on our lives.

Dr. Garrido,

You cannot imagine the impact you have had on our lives. We appreciate your skill, we appreciate your profession, but most of all we appreciate your genuine care and concern. Thank you so very much.

I wouldn't even consider going anywhere else for spine care.

Provider: Dr. Garrido

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.


I can stand up straight and walk

Provider: Dr. Garrido

Date of service: 01/08/2014

Before going to Dr. Garrido, I thought that there was no way i would ever feel better. Now, two months after surgery, I can stand up straight and walk. I thank God and Dr. Garrido every day. My doctor and his staff have been wonderful. They do great work!


I am looking forward to many more years of living my life pain free thanks to Dr. Garrido.

Provider: Dr. Garrido

Date of service: 09/06/2013

I could barely stand or walk, and I was very close to having to quit working. Then, I had a spinal fusion surgery by Dr. Garrido in September. Now, after surgery, I can walk all I want. I can work with out pain, and I am looking forward to many more years of living my life pain free thanks to Dr. Garrido. I cannot thank him enough for improving my life!