Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Knoxville’s Best Choice for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Eastern Tennessee

Tennessee Orthopaedic Spine Specialists understand that spine surgery patients deserve great outcomes and quick recovery after their surgery. As this area’s top provider for minimally invasive spine surgery, we are committed to help you reclaim your life and feel great again.

What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

With minimally invasive spine surgery, we use tiny incisions to reach and repair the inner structures of your back. 

Your surgeon will make a small incision and insert a tubular retractor, a tool that creates a tunnel under your skin to the area of your spine that needs to be treated. This tool gently moves aside muscles and soft tissue around the spine so that the surgeon can access the treatment area. Real-time x-ray imaging helps your surgeon “see” the anatomy under your skin so that he or she can accurately operate on your spine without cutting you open

This differs from traditional spine surgery, called “open surgery,” where your surgeon creates a large incision down your back to visually see the anatomy of your spine to perform your surgery.

Types of minimally invasive spine surgery

There are many different surgeries performed using the minimally invasive spine surgical technique, including:

Minimally invasive lumbar decompression – Minimally invasive lumbar decompression is a surgery used to treat lumbar spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spine that can put pressure on the nerves of the spine. Minimally invasive lumbar decompression surgery is also known as minimally invasive laminectomy. 

Minimally invasive spinal fusion – Minimally invasive spinal fusion permanently fuses together two or more of the vertebrae of your spine. Spinal fusion surgery is also used to treat spinal stenosis as well as degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, fractures of the spinal column, and more. 

Minimally invasive lumbar discectomy – Minimally invasive lumbar discectomy is a spine surgery that removes part of a damaged disc in the spine. Minimally invasive lumbar discectomy is used to treat a bulging or herniated disc. 

Minimally invasive spine surgery recovery time 

Your recovery will depend on many factors including the type of surgery, the severity of your condition and your overall health. Most patients can expect to go home same day or next day. Overall, you can expect your recovery from minimally invasive surgery to be dramatically quicker than if you had an open back surgery.

Visit a TOC Spine Surgeon

Your spine health is important to us. Our team of both spinal surgeons and non-surgical specialists will help return you to your daily activities as quickly as possible.

We provide our patients with More Locations and Convenient Care in East Tennessee, including Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Crossville, Lenoir City and Sevierville.


Our Spinal Surgeons

Spine Surgery Locations

TOC Spine Team at Regional

TOC at Fort Sanders Regional
1819 Clinch Avenue, Suite 100
Knoxville, Tennessee 37916

Phone: 865-524-5365
Fax: 865-673-8007


Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

TOC Spine Team at Parkwest

TOC at The Tower at Parkwest
9430 Park West Boulevard, Suite 130
Knoxville, Tennessee 37923

Phone: 865-690-4861
Fax: 865-560-8525


Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

TOC Spine Team at Oak Ridge

TOC at Oak Ridge Physicians Plaza
988 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 100
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830

Phone: 865-483-8478
Fax: 865-483-4194


Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.