Finding the Best Denver Spine Surgeon

Dr. Sanjay Jatana discusses new advances in neck surgery, including the artificial disc, that enable patients to recover from pain symptoms, and lessen risk of future problems.

Dr. Sanjay Jatana is a board-certified, Denver orthopedic spine surgeon who balances surgical and non-surgical approaches when treating patients with neck pain. In some cases, spine surgery may not be the answer to your problem or the results expected from surgery may not justify the risk. The good news is that there are many ways to address spine problems.

Neck pain can take a toll on your quality of life and leave you feeling hopeless. Dr. Sanjay Jatana provides options to help patients overcome their spine problems and resume their active lifestyles.

We know that choosing an orthopedic spine surgeon can be challenging. When you visit our office, Dr. Jatana’s and his staff will evaluate your neck issues, discuss your expectations and answer all your questions. We want to make sure you have a good understanding of your condition, so the treatment options and the ramifications of those options make sense.

About Dr. Sanjay Jatana

Dr. Sanjay Jatana is partner physician in Denver Spine Surgeons, a spine specialty center within Orthopaedic Centers of Colorado, one of the largest orthopedic groups in the State of Colorado.

Neck pain? You are not alone

If you have neck pain you are not alone. It’s estimated that each year, one in three people experience some type of neck pain. Whlle many of these cases can be simple neck strain that can resolve over time with spine therapy and other non-surgical treatment options like spinal injections, there are many serious neck pain issues, including herniated discs, stenosis and fractures that require surgery to relieve symptoms.

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What do your symptoms mean?

Unlike other medical problems, with back or neck pain, it’s crucial for you to know that pain can be a bad indicator of when you need to see a doctor. For example, a neck strain can be excruciatingly painful. But “neck strain” is never a surgical problem. Instead, the emergency symptom for neck problems is weakness or numbness in an arm or hand. If these symptoms aren’t seen within a week by a spine surgeon, the numb hand or weakness in the hand can become permanent and lifelong. 

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Like anything else in life, practice makes perfect, and those physicians who specialize in a specific niche — like focusing only on neck surgery and nothing else — will tend to become more proficient than another surgeon who treats the entire spine along with brain tumors. Simply put, the neck specialist will likely do twice as many neck surgeries in a given year than another generalist spine surgeon who does both low back surgery and neck surgery. Dr. Sanjay Jatana only treats neck problems, and only performs neck surgery. He has elected to specialize in cervical spine surgery, and refers low back cases to his three partners at Denver Spine Surgeons.

In addition to being board-certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Jatana is fellowship-trained. Fellowship training is the highest level of medical education possible in the United States. Dr. Jatana is one of the few neck surgeons in the Rocky Mountain region able to perform microsurgical procedures that eliminate the need for a neck fusion. Other motion preservation surgeries like artificial disc replacement make our practice a regional referral destination for neck surgery.

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“From my point of view, this could not have worked out any better. I have no buyer’s remorse and the biggest benefit for me is having peace of mind. I feel like Dr. Jatana’s expertise and skill, along with his amazing team, gave me my life back.”

Scott Ruppenthal

“It’s been a much better situation since surgery. It’s really a night and day difference.”

Erin Andretsos

“I could not have had better treatment. Everyone was so professional and that gave me confidence. I have had better results and more of my life back than I had hoped for.”

Mimi Nettour
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