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Experienced Spine Surgeons at The Spine Institute

Dr. Kenneth Pettine, Colorado Spine SurgeonAt The Spine Institute in Northern Colorado, the goal of our spine surgeons is to return patients to a more normal, active life following a spine injury or disabling spine condition.

Our spine surgeons, Dr. E. Jeffrey Donner and Kenneth A Pettine, M.D.  specialize in using the latest technology – without spinal fusion when possible – to treat back and neck pain. They are two of only a handful of Colorado spine surgeons, as well as those nationwide, qualified to perform artificial disc replacement surgery and implant spine stabilization devices. Collectively, they have completed hundreds of spinal procedures involving lumbar disc and cervical disc replacement surgery, making them two of the most experienced spine surgeons in Colorado and in the country. More so, Dr. Pettine is a co-inventor of an artificial lumbar and cervical disc that has improved the quality of life for patients around the world.

Dr. E. Jeffrey Donner specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal pain involving the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacroiliac joint areas, and he has more than 20 years of experience performing thousands of spinal surgeries that included using many innovative surgical techniques to help his patients with disabling spinal pain.

Dr. Pettine is actively involved in research and constantly exploring new treatments. The depth of research at The Spine Institute in Colorado is extensive through participation in multiple clinical trials. Some of Dr. Pettine’s surgical achievements include:

  • Performing the first two-level, three-level and four-level NeoDisc™ cervical arthroplasties in the world
  • Performing the first surgery of the Hydraflex™ nucleus arthroplasty system in the United States
  • Implanting the first Coflex™ device in the United States
  • Performing the first DSS™ spine stabilization system procedure in the United States
  • Performing the first Kineflex™ lumbar artificial disc surgery in the United States
  • Performing the first three-level Prestige™ cervical artificial disc procedure in the world

In their multidisciplinary practice, they collaborate with psychologists, pain specialists, therapists, chiropractors, and family doctors to provide the best care possible for their patients.

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