January 2005

St. Joseph in Towson Participates in Study of New, FDA-Approved Artificial Disc


St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md., was one of 15 spine centers that took part in a two-year study of the CHARITE(tm) artificial disc, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on October 26, 2004. The study demonstrated that patients implanted with the artificial disc improved more quickly and had pain and function scores statistically superior to patients who received lumbar spinal fusion surgery. The disc is the first motion-preserving device approved for use for chronic lower back pain and degenerative disc disease. For more information, contact Vivienne Stearns-Elliott of St. Joseph at 410/337-1536.