As a fellowship trained spine surgeon, Dr. Sanjay Jatana specializes in treatment of complex disorders of the cervical spine. He is recognized as one of the top doctors in the specialty of cervical spine surgery.
Dr. Jatana has special training in the cervical spine and treats patients who require repeat or revision surgery. Dr. Jatana completed his residency in orthopedics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and was Chief Resident of the Department of Orthopedics. Dr. Jatana is a Diplomate for the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. His memberships include North American Spine Society, Arapahoe Medical Society, Colorado Medical Society, Colorado Orthopedic Society and Denver Medical Society.
His patients travel to his Denver office from across Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. Many of these patients have complex neck problems that have not resolved with treatment where they live. Dr. Jatana is referred some of the most complex neck patients in the Rocky Mountain region.
One in four of new patients coming to Dr. Jatana had previous neck surgery elsewhere. Dr. Jatana is often successful in helping these complex patients recover and reduce their dependence on pain killers. In one clinical outcome study of his patients, 30% of new patients were taking 5 or more pills daily for pain relief. After three months, that number was reduced to only 15%. At the same time dependence on pills was reduced, functional status scores improved. At time of first appointment, 40% of patients said they were limited a lot in carrying groceries. After 3 months, the number reduced to 15%.
During neck surgery, Dr. Jatana employs spinal cord monitoring techniques and a microscope to facilitate safety and accuracy. His goal is to accurately identify the pain source so that surgery is successful in alleviating the symptoms.
Dr. Jatana is proficient in minimally invasive neck surgery which reduces the length of the incision to reduce blood loss, lessen time in the hospital, and speed return to activity with a less painful recovery. Dr. Jatana is one of the few spine surgeons in the Colorado region to specialize only in neck surgery, and is trained in many of the artificial disc options for neck surgery, including Mobi-C and Prodisc-C.
After surgery, Dr. Jatana prefers to follow his patients for at least two years to ensure long-term positive results.