Covenant Health Spine Surgery

Covenant Health is our region’s only spine surgery network, with three centers located at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Methodist Medical Center, and Parkwest Medical Center. Our multidisciplinary team approach includes neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Covenant Health surgeons use the latest technology and treatment methods for inpatient and outpatient surgeries, including minimally invasive surgery techniques that result in faster recoveries, less postoperative pain, and fewer complications. Our goal is for you to get back to doing the activities you love as quickly as possible.

Our spine centers perform more than 2,300 elective spine surgeries each year, and 97% of our elective spine surgery patients go directly home after surgery.

Covenant Health Spine Centers

All three Covenant Health Spine Centers are BlueCross BlueShield Centers of Distinction+ for Spine Surgery1.

Spinal Injuries and Diseases

We treat a wide range of spinal conditions. Click below to learn more about your spinal condition and treatment options:

Need a Spine Surgeon?

Experiencing back or neck problems? Need a physician who can help your pain and get you back to enjoying everyday life? Click here to find one of our actively privileged neurosurgeons and orthopedists, or call our Covenant Health Physician Referral Line at (865) 541-4500.

Preparing for Your Surgery

Learn what to expect before, during, and after your surgery. Click here to view our pre-surgery spine class.

Post-Surgery Therapy

Physical therapy helps you regain movement and flexibility after spine surgery. Covenant Health has therapy centers located throughout our region, so convenient rehabilitation after your surgery is easily available. Learn more about Covenant Health Therapy Centers and to find a location near you.

Patient Testimonials

Angela Maxwell

Angela Maxwell suffered from spondylolisthesis, an instability of the third and fourth lumbar vertebrae in the lower back. After successful surgery, Maxwell is back to swimming six days a week.


Larry Britton

Before surgery, Britton’s pain ranked eight of out ten. After surgery, he’s thrilled with the results and is looking forward to returning to golf.


Anna Halliburton

Halliburton was in a wheelchair before her surgery. Now, she is back to doing all the things she loved to do before – even painting her deck.


Tommy Rogers

Rogers was concerned about the amount of time it would take for him to recover after his spine surgery. He went home five hours after surgery and was back to work in less than two months.

Health Information Library and Videos

Learning about your spine condition and what to expect of your surgery is vital to your recovery. Visit our health information library  and spine video library page to learn more about spinal conditions and surgery.

1Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for providers located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each provider’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Providers in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.