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Comprehensive Spine Center

Comprehensive Spine Center

The Comprehensive Spine Center is a dedicated facility within the Brain and Spine Institute. It  focuses treating spine conditions like ruptured discs and spine fractures.

You Don’t Have to Live With Back Pain

Persistent back and neck pain are two of the most common reasons people seek medical care. Moreover, they will affect eight out of 10 people at some time in their lives.

Most back pain goes away without medical treatment, though it may take time. But any time you have severe or long-lasting spine pain (more than three days), call your health care provider. In addition, you should always seek medical attention if you have back pain following an injury, like a car accident or a fall.

Many forms of non-surgical care, like medicine and physical therapy, can provide relief. Some conditions may require surgery. The Comprehensive Spine Center can help choose the best treatment for you.

Comprehensive Spine Center Services

We bring together the latest technology and the most experienced neurosurgeons, or doctors who focus on the brain and spine. We combine these with operating room facilities devoted to spine surgeries – all under one roof.

Our pioneering techniques require small incisions and very little down time. As a result, patients can plan their back surgeries without having to plan their lives around them. Here are some of the spine procedures we offer:

  • Micro-discectomy and laminectomy
  • Spinal fusion
  • Balloon Kyphoplasty

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How Spine Surgery Can Benefit You

If you have spine pain, surgery at the Comprehensive Spine Center can help. Minimally invasive surgery means the doctor does surgery through smaller incisions, or cuts. Because the cuts are small, you have less pain and soreness due to smaller incisions. You’ll also have:

  • Less recovery time
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Minimal scarring
  • Less in health care costs
  • Quick return to daily activities
  • Reduced risk of infection

Plus, this type of surgery:

  • Is more precise
  • Is less complicated
  • Has fewer side effects
  • Leads to less blood loss
  • Is less likely to need blood transfusions
  • Is less traumatic

Overall, minimally invasive spine surgery can help you get back to your normal life, without the pain.

Spine Center Patient Guide

To make sure you have all the information, we created the Spine Center Patient Guide. This guide uses input from your health care team. That team includes:

  • Surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Physician assistants
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Many other members of our health care team

Before your surgery, you’ll receive a copy of the Patient Guide from the Spine Center staff.

We know you will be impressed with the complete care you receive at the Spine Center. As a patient, you’ll have:

  • A Spine Class to prepare you for your surgery
  • A dedicated surgical and unit team trained to work with spine patients
  • A dedicated Inpatient Unit
  • A physical therapy program designed to make the most of your recovery
  • A dedicated case manager to help your discharge planning

Would you like to learn more about diseases and conditions of the spine, and to get more information on spine surgery? Contact the medical librarians at the Health Information Center. They will help you with research any health conditions — all free of charge.

Our Physicians

Todd B. Abel, MD

Neurosurgeon

Richard P. Boyer, MD

Neurosurgeon

Christopher P. Gallati, MD

Neurosurgeon

James A. Killeffer, MD

Neurosurgeon

Kent L. Sauter, MD

Neurosurgeon

Jennifer G. Savage, MD

Neurosurgeon

William E. Snyder, MD

Neurosurgeon

Jonathan D. York, MD

Neurosurgeon

Contact Info
Comprehensive Spine Center
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN, 37920
865-305-6970 Find a Doctor Make an Appointment
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