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Gerard J. Girasole, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
Trumbull, CT
Dr. Girasole is a member of the SpineUniverse Editorial Board.

About Gerard J. Girasole, MD

Gerard J. Girasole, MD is a fellowship-trained, board-certified spine surgeon. He has extensive experience dealing with the surgical treatment of cervical and lumbar disorders of the spine. Also incorporated in his practice are physiatry and physical therapy.

Dr. Girasole is very active with the development of new technology used for minimally invasive spinal procedures and is also involved in clinical trials for the treatment of spinal disorders.

He received his medical degree from New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY. He completed his surgical internship at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital in New York City and an orthopaedic residency program at the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn & Queens, an affiliate of Cornell Medical Center in New York City.  Dr. Girasole did his spinal fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Orthopaedic Institute, also in New York City.

Dr. Girasole is an active member in many professional societies including: The Academy for Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, Fairfield County Medical Association and the North American Spine Society. He has received many awards which include: The New Jersey Orthopaedic Society Award, Chief Resident Presentation Award, and Orthopaedic Alumni Society and also received the Fellowship Award at The Hospital for Joint Disease in 1996.

Dr. Girasole teaches several accredited spine courses and presents at scientific meetings worldwide. He has written chapters on spondylolisthesis and has published several papers that pertain to the treatment of spine disorders.

Dr. Girasole is the author of the book, The 7 Minute Back Pain Solution; 7 simple exercises to heal your back without drugs or surgery in just minutes a day.

Publications

Research

  1. Investigational Prospective Study with Sofamor Danek using Osteophil BMP Substitute in Posterior Spinal Fusion. 1999
  2. Investigational Prospective Study with Surgical Dynamics "Anterior Interbody Fusion using the RAY Threaded Fusion Cage, Through a Minimally Invasive Approach". 1998
  3. Girasole, G.J., M.D., Spivak, J.M., M.D., Mokovich, R., M.D., Chen, D., M.D., C1-2 Lateral Mass Anatomy: Implication for Transarticular Screw Fixation with Varying Subluxation. Presented at the 1996 Cervical Research Society Meeting.
  4. Girasole, G.J., M.D., Klein, J., Shonenberg, N., Bash, J., Garfin, S., Surgically Relevant Periapical Odontoid Anatomy Reviewed Using MRI.
  5. Pereira, D.S., Girasole, G.J., M.D., Frenkel, S.R., Spivak, J.M.: Evaluation of Grafton for Enhancement of Spinal Fusion in a Canine Model. Hospital for Joint Diseases orthopaedic Institute, NY, NY. Presented at the 1997 AAOS meeting in San Francisco.

Publications

  1. Girasole, G.J., O'Connor, D., Cuomo, F., Denton, J.R., Ernest, A.: Diagnosis of Deep Vein thrombosis in Elderly Hip Fracture Patients Using the Duplex Scanning Technique Orthopaedic Review Vol. (23) Number 5, May 1994.
  2. Girasole, G.J., Kuflik, P.: Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis. Orthopaedic Comprehensive Study Guide. McGraw Hill, Spring 1997.

Articles Written by Gerard J. Girasole, MD

Patient-Controlled Analgesia – PCA

Patient-controlled analgesia offers patients an element of control over their pain, reduces anxiety and promotes healing, which in turn, can lead to a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.

Low Back Pain and Artificial Disc Replacement

Artificial disc replacement is not for all patients with low back pain and it does not replace the need for spinal fusion.

Preoperative Depression Is a Factor in Postoperative Improvement for Lumbar Spine Surgery

Higher levels of preoperative depression and pain are associated with significantly less improvement in a patient’s quality of life after lumbar decompression or fusion. This finding comes from a retrospective study of 919 surgical patients who were followed for at least 6 months after surgery.

Patient Guide to Bone Growth Stimulation

The patients' guide explains the role of a bone growth stimulation as therapy after neck or low back spine surgery to help a spinal fusion heal. Learn how bone heals, the risk factors that may contribute to a poor or failed fusion, and questions to ask the spine surgeon.

Bone Growth Stimulation for Spinal Fusion Aftercare

Your spine surgeon may prescribe bone growth stimulation as an essential part of your spinal fusion aftercare. Learn about spinal fusion surgery and view a short video.

Bone Growth Stimulation Helps to Overcome Risk Factors to Spinal Fusion

Bone healing is the process necessary for a successful spinal fusion—the end product. However, certain lifestyle choices, diseases and treatments slow down, disrupt or stop bone healing. Learn about risk factors that could cause a spinal fusion to fail.

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon about Bone Growth Stimulation

Planning to undergo a neck or low back spinal fusion procedure? These questions can help you to talk with your spine surgeon about bone growth stimulation.

Case Studies Presented by Gerard J. Girasole, MD

Post-laminectomy Instability

Presented by: G. Girasole MD

A 52-year-old female presented with incapacitating low back pain, a gross kyphotic deformity, and imbalance. She was unable to stand erect. She previously had an L3-L5 posterior spinal fusion and wide laminectomy at L2-L3.

L5-S1 Grade II Spondylolisthesis

Patient Presents PMVA
Presented by: G. Girasole MD

The patient is a 21-year-old female who presents after a motor vehicle accident. She also has a 5-month history of low back pain, along with right leg pain and tingling.

Cervical Myelopathy in a 74-Year-old Pediatrician

Presented by: G. Girasole MD

The patient is a 74-year-old pediatrician who upper extremity symptoms have progressed over a 6-month time period.

Articles Reviewed by Gerard J. Girasole, MD

Lumbar (Low Back) Implants Stabilize the Spine

New lumbar (low back) spinal implants, such as artificial discs, are designed to help preserve motion.

Lumbar (Low Back) Surgical Implants

The goals of low back (lumbar) spine surgery often include reducing nerve pressure (decompression) and spinal stabilization. Implants are devices (such as cages, rods, screws) that, when combined with bone graft, stabilize the low back.

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