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- Non-urgent medical appointments should be converted to telehealth visits or rescheduled if telehealth is not feasible.
- Please bring your own face mask or covering to wear. Patients checking in must tell staff if they have: A fever, cold symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath); Flu symptoms (fever, chills, body aches, etc.).
- Adult patients may be allowed one asymptomatic person (at least 17 years old) for support; however, we reserve the right to deem a support person unnecessary at any time.
- Pediatric patients may be allowed one asymptomatic adult (i.e. parent, guardian) for support.
- For pediatric patients, please check the Children's Hospital Colorado website for updated COVID-19 related patient information.
Please call us about your current health care concerns. Please take care in following current public health guidelines. Please visit the Colorado COVID-19 website, for more information.
Thank you for doing your part to help keep everyone safe and healthy!
Vikas Patel, MD
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
English, German, Gujarati
UCHealth Spine Center - Anschutz Medical Campus
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion - 1st Floor
12605 E. 16th Avenue
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UCHealth - Lone Tree Health Center
9548 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, CO
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University of Colorado Hospital
UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital
Conditions & Treatments
Orthopedic Surgery - Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine, Board Certification
- Bones, Joints and Muscles
Neck Disorders and Injuries
- Brain and Nervous System
Spine Diseases and Conditions
- Failed Prior Surgery
- Spinal Deformity
Cervical disc herniation
Cervical spinal stenosis
Degenerative Disc Disease
Lumbar disc herniation
Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Symptoms and Manifestations
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.
I currently serve as the Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. 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 my specialized fellowship training was at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.
Minimally invasive spine surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. I also treat complex spine problems including failed back and neck surgery as well as conditions which patients may have been told can't be treated.