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Dr. Vikas Patel

Orthopedic Surgery
Denver, CO
25 years experience

Locations

Office

Denver, CO

Address

University of Colorado Hospital , Denver, CO
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About

Bio

Dr. Patel is an academic spine surgeon with expertise in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal disorders. He has published many peer reviewed articles, written many book chapters and edited books on spine surgery. He remains at the forefront of research and technology related to the spine. His spine team's philosophy is to investigate the correct diagnosis and customize the latest technologies to provide the optimum treatment for each individual patient. Using this methodology, they are able to help many patients who have had failed previous surgeries or complex spinal disorders.

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Orthopedic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends: Depends on if you have nerve symptoms. If you have only back pain or sciatica type pain but no weakness or numbness or bowel or bladder problems, the... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Lasers are certainly used in spine surgery but are rarely really needed or beneficial over standard minimally invasive techniques. Their main benefit... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends on the pain: Back pain can be caused by many sources: muscles, nerves, discs, joints etc. In the back. If your particular pain is caused by nerve compression as m... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends on the injur: It depends on the severity of the injury. I generally recommend you avoid exercises that increase loading to your spine or impact activities. Thus, ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Anti-inflammatories: Generally, the majority of the pain in a herniated disc comes from the inflammatory process and thus anti-inflammatories such as Naproxen work well. ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
In the canal: A lumbar puncture is typically used to get cerebrospinal fluid from the spinal canal. It includes a needle inserted in the back between the spinous p... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Re-operate?: When a fusion surgery fails, you need to carefully reevaluate the potential causes. Then, with persistent pain, re-operation is often indicated. Thi... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Burning the disc: Idet is a procedure in which a catheter is placed into the disc and heated up. It is meant to essentially "burn" the disc material around the periphe... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Traction: It is essentially traction of the spine. It is meant to pull the spine segments apart so that the disc might heal. There are many ways to accomplish ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Options: Typically, only one of the discs is the main source of pain even if the MRI shows multiple. The majority get better on their own, but antiinflammator... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Yes, these terms are often used interchangeably. Both refer to degeneration of the discs or facet joints or both.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Low impact: In general i recommend low impact activities such as bicycling or an exercise bike, an elliptical machine, or stairmaster. Swimming is also great. Re... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Bad enough . . . .: If you have a diagnosis that clearly explains the source of your pain, then the decision for surgery depends on how bad the pain is versus how risky t... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
It doesn't: The goal of fusion is to get the bone of 2 adjacent vertebrae to grow together and thus stop the motion at that segment. The segments above and below... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Maybe: It depends a lot on what surgery you have and how badly you want to jump. The problem is in landing can cause a lot of impact on the spine. If you h... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends: Minimally invasive spine surgery aims to achieve the same goals as standard surgery, just with less tissue damage. A lot depends on the actual proble... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Maybe: Shingles is generally associated with a typical rash and is usually extremely painful with a burning type of pain. If you did not get the rash or the... Read More

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May 5, 2015
Dr. Patel is a fantastic surgeon as was a wonderful teacher.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Patel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Patel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Washington University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1997MD
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