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Comprehensive Spine Center

The Comprehensive Spine Center is a dedicated facility within the Brain and Spine Institute that focuses on spine procedures for the treatment of conditions such as 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. 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. And 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.

Our Services

We are committed to bringing together the latest technology, the most experienced neurosurgeons and dedicated operating room facilities – all under one roof. With pioneering techniques that require small incisions and very little down time, patients can plan their back surgeries without having to plan their lives around them. Some of the spine procedures offered include the following:

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

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Procedure Benefits

  • Reduced pain and discomfort due to smaller incisions
  • Short stay
  • Minimal scarring
  • Less recovery time
  • Reduced healthcare costs
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Greater surgical precision
  • Fewer complications
  • Fewer side effects
  • Less blood loss and a decreased need for blood transfusions
  • Less trauma
  • Quick return to daily activities

Spine Center Patient Guide

To ensure you are a well‐informed patient, we have prepared the Spine Center Patient Guide, with input from your surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists and many other members of our health care team.

We are confident that you will be impressed with the comprehensive care you receive at the Spine Center. This unit has been created to offer you:

  • A Spine Class to prepare you for your surgery
  • A dedicated surgical and unit staff trained specifically to work with spine patients
  • A dedicated Inpatient Unit
  • A physical therapy program designed to optimize recovery
  • A dedicated case manager to assist in your discharge planning

You will receive a copy of the Patient Guide from the Spine Center staff.

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 on health conditions — all free of charge.

Our Physicians

Todd B. Abel, MD


Richard P. Boyer, MD


Christopher P. Gallati, MD


James A. Killeffer, MD


Kent L. Sauter, MD


Jennifer G. Savage, MD


William E. Snyder, MD


Jonathan D. York, MD


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

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