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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. Our surgeons have access to 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 to get you 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 92% of our elective spine surgery patients are able to go directly home after surgery.

Covenant Health Spine Centers

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 problems and looking for 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

Before your spine surgery, you will learn what to expect before, during, and after your surgery. Click here to view our pre-surgery spine class.

Post-Surgery Therapy

Physical therapy is instrumental in regaining movement and flexibility after spine surgery. Covenant Health has therapy centers located throughout our region, so convenient rehabilitation after your surgery is easily available. Click here to learn more about Covenant Health Therapy Centers and to find a location near you.

Patient Testimonials

Angela Maxwell

Angela Maxwell had been told she would need spine surgery, but was instructed to “wait until she couldn’t stand it any longer.” When she realized she had passed that point, she contacted neurosurgeon Joel Norman, MD, who recommended a minimally invasive procedure to address her 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

A retired U.S. Army veteran, Larry Britton likened his pain to what he felt when he was hit in the head by a machine gun while wearing a helmet. “It snapped around and knocked me colder than a cucumber,” Larry says. “If I hadn’t had my helmet on it would have killed me.” 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

Anna Halliburton appreciated her surgeon’s frankness as he explained she was suffering from ruptured disks  and laid out her treatment option. In a wheelchair before her surgery, Halliburton is now back to doing all the things she loved to do before – even painting her deck.


Tommy Rogers

As a furnace worker, Tommy Rogers has a physically demanding job and was concerned about the amount of time it would take for him to recover after his spine surgery. As it turns out, his fear was unfounded – Rogers 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 as part of your treatment is vital to your recovery. We encourage you to visit our health information library  and spine video library page to learn more about spinal conditions and surgery.