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Fort Sanders Foundation

Fort Sanders FoundationFormal philanthropic support of what was then known as Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital began in 1954. With the increase in charitable contributions, the Fort Sanders Foundation was established and charged with garnering support for the healthcare programs and services offered by Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, with the first major initiative being the creation and construction of Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center. That charge has grown to include programs and services offered by our extended Covenant Health family, such as: Governed by a volunteer board of directors, which is comprised of community and corporate leaders and physicians, the Foundation performs many key functions necessary to its continued success:
  • Soliciting monetary and in-kind contributions from individuals, corporations, and other foundations
  • Managing the investment of charitable donations
  • Acknowledging and cultivating donors
  • Organizing special events to support various funds and programs
  • Applying for grants from other foundations and/or corporations
  • Approving requests and distributing funds for health system programs and departments
  • Educating the community about the Foundation and Covenant Health facilities and programs
Fort Sanders Foundation
280 Fort Sanders West Blvd., Suite 202
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 531-5210
Monday, March 04, 2013 - Spinal Surgery Made Better

More and more surgeons are moving to the use of “minimally invasive” techniques – and spine surgery is no exception. Many of the hospitals of Covenant Health offer this option for surgery on the spine. The term “minimally invasive” refers to surgical techniques in which an operation is performed through one or more small incisions rather than a single large one.

“I use minimally invasive techniques for the majority of cases,” says Dr. William Reid, neurosurgeon at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.  “Smaller incisions result in less surgical trauma, decreased blood loss, reduced post operative pain, and faster discharge.”

The ability to perform spine surgery through small incisions has been aided by technology such as magnified vision, improved lighting, micro surgical instruments and 3D image guidance systems, all resulting in more precise surgical exposure and treatment.

In the case of lumbar spinal fusions, Dr. Reid uses only two, one-inch incisions using minimally invasive techniques. This lowers the risk of a spinal fluid leak and infection with a more rapid recovery and return to normal, daily activities. This procedure is often performed on patients diagnosed with spinal stenosis or spinal spondylolisthesis (an instability in the spine).

Potential candidates for other minimally invasive lumbar or cervical spine procedures are those diagnosed with disc herniations or spinal stenosis. Most of these patients can have surgery and be discharged from the hospital on the same day. Diagnosis is based on the patient’s symptoms, physical examination and diagnostic imaging such as MRI. These procedures can be performed both by neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in spinal procedures.

For more information on the specific minimally invasive spine surgeries performed at your Covenant Health hospital, please call (865) 541-4500.
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Knoxville, TN 37922
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