Spine center in Davidson County

The highly trained spine surgeons at the Joint and Spine Center at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center in South Nashville are dedicated to creating a seamless care experience, from consultation to recovery. We use advanced technology to provide a wide range of spinal procedures to alleviate pain, strengthen the spine and get you on the road to improved health.

In our 20-bed, boutique-concept Joint and Spine Center, a skilled team of physicians, nurses, pain management specialists and rehabilitation experts work together to resolve acute and degenerative conditions affecting the spine. This team provides compassionate, comprehensive care in a patient-centered environment, including preoperative education and a hotel-like setting with private rooms and bistro dining.

Chronic or sudden back and spine pain treatments

When the small bones that make up the spine (vertebra) or the discs between them deteriorate because of injury or age, it puts pressure on the nerves in the spine. This can cause pain. In most cases, a spine specialist will start with conservative methods of orthopedic care, including:

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest

If these options fail to alleviate pain - or you have a traumatic injury or chronic issue - more advanced treatments may be needed.

Conditions requiring advanced spine care

There are several chronic conditions that can be treated or managed through surgical procedures, such as:

  • Herniated discs (discs in the spine slip out of place, putting pressure on nerves in the back or neck)
  • Scoliosis (an abnormal spinal curve)
  • Spinal injuries (injuries such as vertebral fractures or spine trauma)
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Spondylolisthesis (vertebrae are not aligned)
  • Weak or unstable spine (weakness or instability resulting from infection, tumors, fractures or another disease or injury)

Specialized spine surgery

Our Joint and Spine Center has fellowship-trained spine surgeons, dedicated operating rooms and special teams for spine surgery. We care for patients during preoperative planning, treatment and postoperative physical rehabilitation.

Types of spine surgery we perform include:

  • Anterior/posterior cervical laminectomy (removing the lamina - the bony covering of the spine - and spinous process - the bony projection located on the back of each vertebra - to relieve pressure resulting from spinal stenosis)
  • Cervical laminoplasty (enlarging the spinal canal, removing pressure from the spinal cord in the neck)
  • Kyphoplasty (injecting bone cement through a small hole in the skin to treat a fractured vertebra)
  • Spinal cord stimulator (surgically inserting a device that can send a mild electric current to your spinal cord and help manage chronic pain)
  • Spinal fusion (joining and/or removing vertebrae to prevent movement and facilitate healing)

Minimally invasive techniques, such as robot-assisted surgery, are an option for some spine surgeries. This type of surgery uses a smaller incision and results in reduced scarring, bleeding and pain.

Interbody spine fusion procedures

During an interbody fusion, the disc between the vertebrae is either partially or completely removed. It is then replaced with a prosthetic spacer to keep the bones from rubbing against one another. Metal screws and plates may then be placed on the outside of the vertebra to help stabilize the bones.

There are several types of interbody fusion your spine surgeon can perform:

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)

This procedure is performed from the front of the body, via the lower abdomen. The muscles and nerves of the spine do not have to be moved.

Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF)

This procedure is performed from the back of the body. It may require removing part of the lamina.

Posterolateral fusion

This procedure is different from the ALIF and PLIF in that vertebral fusion begins on the outside of the vertebra. Additionally, a graft material may be used along the vertebra to encourage bone growth and healing.

Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)

This procedure is performed from the side. It requires minimal movement of the muscles and nerves. It also does not require removal of the lamina.

Spine care appointments

TriStar Southern Hills is southeast of downtown Nashville and northwest of Antioch, Tennessee. We are near the intersection of Highway 255 and Nolensville Pike. Our address is:

391 Wallace Road
Nashville, TN 37211

You can turn into our medical campus from Wallace Road. For spine care appointments, follow the signs to the main entrance. Free valet parking is available Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 4:30pm.

After parking, proceed through our main entrance. The admitting team at our front information desk can help you check in for your appointment.

Spine care at TriStar Health

Spine doctors, who can be orthopedists or neurosurgeons, diagnose and treat problems linked to your spine. They can help with neck and back pain as well as injuries, trauma and diseases related to the spine. You may need to see a spine specialist if you have a herniated disk, nerve damage, sciatica or chronic back pain.

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