- Adult Spine Surgery
- Pediatric Spine Surgery
Fellowship: Rocky Mountain Spine Clinic, Lone Tree, CO
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Medical Education: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Undergraduate Education: University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
Professional Memberships and Societies:
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
- North American Spine Society
Board Certifications:American Board of Orthpaedic Surgery
Dr. Gerlach is a trusted and experienced spine surgeon with expertise in all aspects of spine surgery. He completed a fellowship in spine surgery where he obtained extensive orthopedic and neurosurgical training in both minimally invasive and traditional surgical techniques. He specializes in the treatment of spinal deformity, degenerative, and traumatic conditions affecting the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine in adult and adolescent patients. Dr. Gerlach commonly treats patients with sciatica, stenosis, herniated discs, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal fractures.
All spine surgeries require the use of intraoperative image guidance; especially those performed using a minimally invasive approach and those requiring placement of spinal implants. Historically, 2D fluoroscopy (X-ray) was utilized in these procedures. Over the past decade there have been significant advancements in this area. Dr. Gerlach utilizes state-of-the-art technology, for example, the O-arm 3D intraoperative imaging device, computer aided navigation, intra-operative neuromonitoring and motion preserving procedures, such as cervical disc replacement..
The O-arm allows for 360-degree CT-like images in the operating room, providing a 3D view of complex 3D spinal anatomy. Having the best view of the surgical anatomy in the operating room allows Dr. Gerlach to provide each patient with the most ideal consideration.
In addition to superior imaging, Dr. Gerlach utilizes computer aided surgical navigation. Navigation enhances minimally invasive procedures and surgical accuracy. It allows surgeons to view their instruments in relation to the surgical anatomy on a monitor in the operating room. It is comparable to your car’s GPS system, where the CT scan image of your anatomy is the map and the surgical instruments are moving on the anatomy, similar to a car moving on a GPS road. Navigation provides precise 3D images that are used for planning and guiding surgical treatment and reduces the risk of compromising the surrounding structures.
Dr. Gerlach provides individualized care for each patient by working with a wide network of non-surgical spine specialists to optimize conservative treatment options, and in providing the most modern and successful spine surgical techniques, ensuring every patient gets the best care possible.
Outside of work, Dr. Gerlach is a husband and busy father of four, two sons and two daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family playing soccer, golfing, skiing, climbing mountains and road biking.
Letter from a Spine Surgery Patient & Family Dr. Gerlach and Team, YOU AND YOUR TEAM ARE OUR HEROES!! My 80 year-old father, Rod, has been struggling with debilitating lower back pain for the past 3 years in rural northern California. My father has reached a point where he could…Read More Testimonials
“I am 100% pain free and extremely glad I did it. Dr. Gerlach is fantastic and all of the staff knows what they are doing. I felt taken care of by a great team.” Kyle Snyder is a dedicated husband and proud father to 18 year old twins – a…Read More Testimonials
Jackie loves the outdoors, but felt limited, “I didn’t want to be active because I had so much pain … I had pain all the way down the back of my leg to my ankle.” Jackie did her own research on Dr. Gerlach and quickly discovered that he is “whip…Read More Testimonials
Lieut. Col. John McCutchon served as an Officer in the Army Airborne Infantry for 24 years. “When I was in the army I injured my back, but I didn’t realize it,” John said. “Due to the physical training the muscles did a lot to alleviate a lot of skeletal pain.” …Read More Testimonials
Alex Shelly is lucky to be alive, let alone walking. On July 5, 2014, Alex and her grandfather were vacationing with a group of friends at the St. Anthony Sand Dunes in Idaho. There were six riders spread across five off-road vehicles, two of the drivers were blinded by the…Read More Testimonials