Dr. Sanjay Jatana

Board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon
Specializing in the complex back & neck patient

Dr. Sanjay Jatana posing with fusion implant demo

As a fellowship trained spine surgeon, Dr. Sanjay Jatana specializes in treatment of complex disorders of the lumbar and cervical spine. He is recognized as one of the top doctors in the specialty of low back and neck surgery.

Dr. Jatana has special training in low back spine surgery and neck surgery 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 back or neck problems that have not resolved with treatment where they live. Dr. Jatana is referred some of the most complex back and neck patients in the Rocky Mountain region.


One in four of new patients coming to Dr. Jatana had previous back surgery or 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 spine 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 back and 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 has explored all of the FDA-approved artificial discs to determine which is most appropriate for his patients.  This includes many FDA-approved artificial disc options for neck surgery, including Mobi-C, Prodisc-C, Prestige and the M6 disc.

After surgery, Dr. Jatana prefers to follow his patients for at least two years to ensure long-term positive results.

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.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Biology
Troy, New York, 1980-1984

Medical School
Faculte Libre de Medecine, Year I, II
Lille, France, 1984-1986
UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School, Years III, IV
Camden, New Jersey, 1986-1988

Department of Surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
General Surgery, 1988-1989

Department of Surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
General Surgery, 1989-1990

Department of Surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
General Surgery, 1990-1991

Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, 1991-1995

Spinal Surgery, Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center
Downey, California, 1995-1996

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