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Stephen L. Ritland, MD
Flagstaff Medical Center
Flagstaff, AZ

About Stephen L. Ritland, MD

Doctor Stephen Ritland is a Board Certified neurosurgeon in private practice, and affiliated with Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. His area of specialty is minimally invasive spine surgery.

Dr. Ritland received his Medical Degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California. He completed his internship and residency at Loma Linda where he was Chief Resident in Neurosurgery.

He is an active member of several prestigious societies including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and Arizona Neurological Society.


Ritland SL. An Anatomic Approach to Medialized Lumbar Fixation. In Lewandrowski K, ed., Update in Minimally Invasive Spine (MIS) Surgery. Upcoming publication, 2001, Chapter 6.

Hoh DJ, Wang MY, Ritland SL. Anatomic features of the paramedian muscle-splitting approaches to the lumbar spine. Neurosurgery, 66 (3 Suppl Operative), pp 13-24, discussion pp 24-25, March 2010.

Ritland S. Aperture System: An Approach to Lumbar Arthrodesis and Instrumentation. In Perez-Cruet M, Khoo TL, Fessler RG eds., An Anatomic Approach to Minimally Invasive Surgery. St Louis, Quality Medical Publishing, Inc., pp 615-630, 2006.

Taylor J, Ritland S. Technical and Anatomical Considerations for the Placement of a Posterior Interspinous Stabilizer. In Mayer HM ed., Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: A Surgical Manual, Second Edition. Berlin/Heidelberg, Springer-Verlap, pp 466-475, 2006.

Ritland S. Intermuscular Approaches for Lumbar Fixation and Arthrodesis. Seminars in Spine Surgery, pp 420-429, December 2003.

Ritland S. An Intermuscular Approach for Lumbar Fixation and Fusion. Asia Pacific Orthopedic Association, 2003 North Region Congress, Taipei, Taiwan. December 5-6, 2003.

Ritland S. Navigated Intermuscular Screw Insertion (NIMSI) and Micro TLIF; a new approach to lumbar spinal fusions. Japan Society for the Study of Surgical Technique for Spine and Spinal Nerves, Tokyo, Japan. September 26-27, 2003.

Ritland S. Micro-TLIF™, A Mini-open and Intermuscular Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion. DePuy AcroMed, Inc. Surgical Technique. October 2002.

Ritland S. Microsurgical Intermuscular Lumbar Arthrodesis. Poster Session, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas. September 23-28, 2000.

Yamada S, Ritland S, Knierim D. Stereotactic Localization of Deep-seated Arteriovenous Malformations in The Functional Area. Applied Neurophysiology, Vol. 46, pp 231-235, 1983.

Case Studies Presented by Stephen L. Ritland, MD

Facet Arthropathy with Back Pain, Stenosis, Synovial Cyst and L5 Radiculopathy

Presented by: S. Ritland MD

The patient is a 67-year-old female with intermittent back pain that has become somewhat more severe for one year. She was referred to a physiatrist 5 months prior to my treatment after development of pain referring down her left leg. She underwent a series of blocks for back pain and a left L5 radiculitis without weakness.

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