Our Spine & Total Joint Center

The Spine & Total Joint Center is a 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that incorporates the vision of the state's leading neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons as well as the hospital's clinical team.

At Sky Ridge Medical Center, we perform more spine surgeries than any other hospital in Colorado.

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Why you want to choose the Sky Ridge Spine & Total Joint Center:

    • We have a comprehensive team of caring specialists who will provide you with personalized care before, during and after your surgery
    • Experienced, fellowship-trained neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons
    • 48 hour access to an appointment with a specialist
    • We perform more spine surgeries than any other hospital in Colorado
    • The most advanced technology, including minimally invasive surgery
    • Spine Surgery with the Mazor X
    • Lower than national average infection rates
    • The best recovery environment in Denver and Colorado
    • State-of-the-art facility with a private entrance

Spine, back & neck services

Spine resources

It is important for patients to learn as much as they can about their condition so they can make informed choices related to treatment. Listed below are links to Web sites that may provide you with additional information:

We offer a Spine Surgery Pre-Op Class. However, if you're unable to attend our in-person class, you can also view our summary video online.


Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Sky Ridge A Faster Road to Pain-Free Living

Dr. Smith Spine

Salida resident Scott Collins spent 15 years jostling around as a crane operator. Although he now spends his time behind a desk, those earlier years wreaked havoc on Collins’ back. “Chronic back pain kept me awake most nights,” says Collins. “Sometimes, my legs would go numb.”

Seeking relief, Collins returned to Dr. Adam P. Smith, the neurological surgeon who performed his neck surgery in 2012 at The Medical Center of Aurora. New imaging scans showed an ependymoma tumor had formed in Collins’ spinal cord. The standard approach to removing a spinal tumor involves making a long midline incision and cutting muscle and tissue. “Because you have to remove a lot of bone to get to the tumor, a patient may need a fusion (the use of rods and screws) to support the spine,” says Dr. Smith. 

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Stryker Mobile Operating Room Visits Sky Ridge

This surgery can help relieve chronic back pain

This Surgery Can Help Relieve Chronic Back Pain

Back surgery isn't what it used to be, and that’s a good thing. Today’s less-invasive procedures are quick, effective and require a short recovery period.

If you've ever had back pain, you’re not alone; eight in 10 Americans will experience this discomfort at some point in their lives. Often, the pain subsides on its own, but in rare cases, surgery is the only hope for relief.

Fortunately, back surgery isn't as scary as it sounds, and newer techniques, including minimally invasive spine surgery, can be done using small incisions that help reduce recovery time. To learn more, click here.   

Second Opinions Make A Difference

Betty Golden_Spine Surgery

For a year and a half, intense pain in her ankles had robbed Betty Golden of her time on the “greens,” enjoying her golf passion with her husband and friends during their supposed golden years. The always-active retired sales executive had gone from regular golf and Pilates to sometimes crawling...

Learn how Betty got her life back and helped other to get their lives back too!