Vikas Patel, MD
Professor, Orthopedics

Chief of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery
Clinic (720) 848-1980
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Gender: Male
Languages: English, German, Gujarati
Department, Section/Division: Orthopedics

Practice Locations

The Spine Center at University of Colorado Hospital
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion - 1st Floor
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-1980
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UCHealth - Lone Tree Health Center
9548 Park Meadows Dr
Lone Tree, CO 80124
720-848-2200
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Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
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Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Orthopedic Surgery - Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine, Board Certification (2006)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Back Pain
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Fractures
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Neck Disorders and Injuries
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Scoliosis
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Spine Injuries
  • Brain and Nervous System - Spine Diseases and Conditions
  • Failed Prior Surgery
  • Infections
  • Sacroiliac Joint
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spine
  • Spine - Cervical disc herniation
  • Spine - Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Spine - Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spine - Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Spine - Lumbar disc herniation
  • Spine - Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spine - Myelopathy
  • Spine - Radiculopathy
  • Spine - Sciatica
  • Spine - Scoliosis
  • Spine - Slipped Disc
  • Spine - Spondylolisthesis
  • Spine - Spondylolysis
  • Symptoms and Manifestations - Pain
Clinical Interest for Patients
Minimally invasive spine surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine with a conservative-first approach and motion preservation whenever possible. I also treat complex spine problems including failed back and neck surgery and conditions which patients may have been told can't be treated.

Care Philosophy
I currently serve as the Chief of Orthopedic Spine Surgery at the University of Colorado. As an academic spine surgeon, it is my responsibility to stay involved in the latest spine care research findings, techniques, and technologies. As a clinician, I must also use the latest diagnostic technologies to first find the source of discomfort and disability in my patients. I then look to my training and experience to educate my patients on treatment options and together judge which might be the best treatment for each individual patient without increasing the risk of complications. We can thus choose the best technology together based on their condition and expectation from surgical treatment. Surgery, however, is a last resort to be chosen only if conservative measures fail to provide sufficient relief. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked as an engineer before earning both a Master's of Arts and a Doctor of Medicine degree at Washington University in St. Louis. My orthopedic spine surgery training took place at the University of California (San Francisco) and St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.

Information for Referring Providers

Clinical Interests for Referring Providers
Minimally invasive spine surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine with a conservative-first approach and motion preservation whenever possible. I also treat complex spine problems including failed back and neck surgery and conditions which patients may have been told can't be treated.

Research Interest for Referring Providers
Spinal non-fusion technologies, cervical and lumbar disc replacement, dynamic stabilization, alternative bone graft materials for fusion, minimally invasive surgical techniques, computer-assisted surgery, stem cell therapies, spinal biologics, spinal biomechanics, and the evaluation of pain. Additional research includes assessing the efficacy of marijuana based pain treatment.

Clinic Phone: (720) 848-1980, (720) 848-2200
Fax Phone: (720) 848-2019

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