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With the extent of my spinal problems, I presented an immense challenge that Panorama not only met, but rose far above.

James Ross
Patient of Dr. Loutzenhiser

Spine care

At Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center, our comprehensive approach to spine care means patients receive world-class, individualized treatment from a team of providers who are committed to delivering the highest-quality care. Whether it’s a pulled muscle, a herniated disk or a complex deformity, we understand spinal conditions can be extremely debilitating. Panorama is committed to reducing pain and improving function so patients can get back to doing what they love — whether that’s work or play.

Our spine team includes orthopedic spine surgeons, pain management doctors (known as physiatrists) who specialize in non-surgical care; and spine-specific physical therapists. Together we offer a range of treatments, and the vast majority of patients receive relief from such non-surgical options as activity modification, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, massage therapy or steroid injections.

Fewer than 10% of all spine patients seen at Panorama Orthopedics and Spine Center needed back surgery

However, if conservative treatments fail, our highly experienced team is able to offer the most advanced surgical treatments, including microscope-assisted surgery and surgical navigation for improved precision. We are also able to offer minimally invasive spine surgery, which is a popular option for patients facing back surgery because it uses smaller incisions than traditional, “or open,” surgery. For the patient, this means less pain, shorter hospital stays and less scarring. There is also less disruption to surrounding muscle and tissue and a smaller risk of infection.

Despite its benefits, minimally invasive spine surgery is not performed by all spine surgeons. Doctors who perform this type of surgery must undergo additional training on the procedure. Dr. Lonnie Loutzenhiser at Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center is specially trained in minimally invasive (microscopic) surgical techniques. He uses these techniques to treat patients with herniated disks, pinched nerves, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and traumatic instability of the spine. Back surgery can now be done through incisions that are measured in millimeters. Although minimally invasive spine surgery has many advantages for patients, there are some back and neck conditions that cannot yet be treated through this approach. Together we will find the best solution to treat your back pain.

Patients sometimes ask about laser spine surgery, with the impression that it offers the most up-to-date technology. Though there has been a large marketing push behind the procedure – you may have seen the TV ads – the clinical benefits are questionable. At Panorama, we remain committed to using the latest proven techniques and technologies.

Most of our surgeries are performed at OrthoColorado Hospital, the only orthopedic specialty hospital in the region. Like Panorama, OrthoColorado only treats orthopedic patients, and that focus means higher satisfaction and shorter hospital stays for patients. The average length of stay for spine fusions at OrthoColorado is 2.4 days, compared to a national average of 3.2 days. Working in conjunction with Flight for Life and St Anthony Hospital, Panorama serves Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region as the state’s premier spine, trauma and complex deformity referral center.

The Panorama Difference - Our surgeons are committed to quality and constant improvement.

That’s why education, research and training are hallmarks of our spine specialists, who are known as experts in their field both nationally and internationally. Twice a month our surgeons meet to review major cases with the entire spine team to determine the best course of treatment for individual patients. This peer review enables us to maintain the highest standard of care for all our patients. Patients can rest assured they have a whole team of doctors working to find the best treatment plan for them.

Team

Jason Browder, PA

Katie Spight, PA

Lindsey Henninger, PA

Nathan Youmell, PA

Dr. Agarwala

Dr. Horner

Dr. Knight

Dr. Loutzenhiser

Dr. Puschak

Dr. Wong

Shasta Van Sickle, PA