Better Back Care

The skilled physicians and staff at the Spine Center at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus focus on making patients feel better, happier and healthier in the safest manner possible. They use a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach among orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, physical/occupational therapists, psychologists, integrative medicine practitioners and anesthesiologists. As the sole academic medical center in the region, the Spine Center is the only provider in the Rocky Mountain West to take such a comprehensive approach to spine and neck care.

Pioneering Implant Acts More Like Body’s Natural Discs


Dr. Vikas Patel who is leading a team of surgeons testing a new artificial disc

The last thing Kathy Hassebrook wanted was to miss her vacation to Thailand. But back pain did more than ruin her vacation, it convinced her that it was time to seek treatment. Kathy, who is from South Dakota, came to CU Anschutz to participate in a new trial for a replacement disc that is an improvement over the current models by more accurately imitating the mobility of natural discs.

“This new disc is a third-generation type of disc where they are combining aspects of previous implants that we believe are better, “ says Dr. Vikas Patel, who leads the team of surgeons testing the new artificial disc.

The minimally invasive surgery took about three hours and Kathy was back on her feet on the first day. She flew back to Colorado for a seven-week check up and said that there was no doubt in her mind that the surgery was a success. To prove it, she wore high-heeled boots to her appointment.

“If you would have told me the night and day difference I would have never believed you,” says Kathy.

Read the full story, “Managing Back Pain Taking New Direction,” on the Denver Channel website.