News from Drs. Wong, Jatana, and Ghiselli
News from Drs. Wong, Jatana, and Ghiselli
The Back Bulletin
April, 2021

Notes from the David Wong Honorary Winter Spine Conference 2021

The 29th Denver Spine Institute Winter Conference went virtual for 2021, hosted by its namesake, Dr. David Wong.
The change to virtual format posed technical challenges, but also provided several opportunities. As travel was not required, it was possible to recruit two Past Presidents of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) and two Past Presidents of the North American Spine Society (NASS) to join the faculty. Speakers came from Columbia University in New York, Jefferson College in Philadelphia, the University of Southern California and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles as well as local surgeons.
Dr. Dan Riew was the invited John McCulloch MD Memorial Lecturer this year. Dr. Riew had worked closely with Dr. McCulloch at the hands on lab courses for minimally invasive spine surgery at the Practical Anatomy Workshop (PAWS) in St. Louis. McCulloch practiced in Denver and was a partner in the precursor group to the present Denver Spine Surgeons, who carry on the tradition of minimally invasive microsurgery today.
Dr. Riew spoke on patterns of symptoms and related findings on physical exam that help the surgeon identify specific pathologies in the differential diagnosis of neck pain, upper extremity radiation, and the more serious neurologic problem of cervical myelopathy.
The conference also included many debates, including one on “the Neurgenic Octogenarian,” by Drs. Peter Witt and Gary Ghiselli.
At times there were more than 90 attendees on the virtual call. The electronic format allowed more people to view the talks and discussion than were possible at the traditional in-person meetings. Despite the restrictions forced by the Covid pandemic, the 29th Winter Meeting fulfilled its tradition of great academics, lively discussion and camaraderie. We look forward to a “normal” conference next year.

Patient Spotlight:  Desiree Vassios Roosa 

     We recently received this update from our patient, Des, who had surgery with Dr. Jatana in June of last year. We are so happy she is free of pain and back to enjoying her corporate training job, her dogs - and more importantly, her life.
     "Due to osteoporosis and degenerative disc disease; I have lived with chronic, severe neck pain for seven years and mild neck pain for 15 years prior to that. I am forever grateful for Dr. Jatana and the Mobi-C artificial discs, which gave me my life back. I searched for seven years to find him! Other doctors I tried only treated my symptoms with pain pills, they didn't correct the problem.
     Chronic neck pain drains you physically, emotionally, and mentally so don’t wait to have a vertebra replaced. It’s an easy surgery and after recovery; I feel 20 years younger. No more pain pills. Why have your spine or neck soldered together when we have this kind of technology! 
     I also highly recommend Denver Spine Surgeons because Toreen Orvid and Heather Duncan run an efficient office and are highly competent. They listened and got me whatever I needed before, during, and after surgery. They were quick to respond and have a high level of customer service skills.
     I swim for fun and have for the past 42 years. I am more of a water person than a mountain person, so I cannot wait for summer so I can swim again! Thank you!"

Our doctors are looking forward to some quality outdoor Colorado time this spring, we hope you enjoy some too.

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