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The Spine Center Care Team

The Spine Center Care team will be responsible for your care needs and assist you throughout your hospital experience.

The Spine Center Care Team will:

  • Obtain health database.
  • Assess your needs at home including caregiver availability.
  • Assess and plan for your specific care needs such as anesthesia and medical clearance for surgery.
  • Coordinate your discharge plan to outpatient services, home or a sub-acute facility.
  • Assist you in getting answers to insurance questions.
  • Act as your liaison throughout the course of treatment from pre-Op through after discharge
  • Answer questions and coordinate your hospital care.

You may call the Spine Center Program Coordinator at any time pre-op to ask questions or raise concerns about your pending surgery at (423) 431-6937. Please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible if the program coordinator is not available.

At the Spine Center the following services:

Diagnostic Imaging Services including:

  • X-ray
  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • Discography
  • Myelography
  • EMG (electrical study)
  • Outpatient Physical Therapy
  • Home Health Services
  • Surgical Services
  • Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
  • Cervical/Thoracic / Lumbar Braces
  • Laboratory Services

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At your Pre-Admission Testing (PAT) appointment and on admission to the hospital you will be asked if you have an Advance Directive. If you do, please bring copies of the documents to the hospital with you, so they can become a part ofyour Medical Record. Advance Directives are not a requirement for hospital admission.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION
or forms for completing a Tennessee Living Will or Tennessee Healthcare Durable Power ofAttorney, please ask the admitting staff or your nurse.

Patient Guidebook

Patients will receive a Patient Guidebook prior to scheduling surgery that will have all of the information you will need for your care.  The Patient Guidebook was written to help patients understand and prepare for the back or neck surgery that their doctor has recommended and contains detailed information about anatomy, common back and neck problems, and treatment options for these problems. It has instructions on how to prepare for surgery, what takes place during the procedure, and what to expect while recuperating at the hospital and at home.  

What You Should Bring To The Hospital

We suggest that you bring some comfortable bed clothes including a robe, pajamas or nightgown and slippers for the day of surgery. You may want to bring comfortable clothes such as a sweat suit or shorts and a tee-shirt to wear on your first day post operatively since you will be moving around. There are toiletries available; however, feel free to bring your own. You may also want to bring your own books and magazines.

Bring SNUG fitting tank tops to wear under your back brace (for comfort) if you have a back brace ordered after surgery.

The most important item you should bring with you to the hospital is a list of your current medicines. Be sure to include the correct name, dosage and times you take them. Please include any over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins. You are welcome to bring your medication bottles in and we will write the medications down and send the bottles back home with your family.

Valuables

The hospital does not assume responsibility for valuables. This includes jewelry, dentures, hearing aids, watches, wallets, purses, eye glasses, contact lenses, or any other personal items. If you should need items such as eye glasses and hearing aids, keep them with you. When you go for your surgery hand them over to a family member to hold, or deposit them in the hospital safe. Money is best left at home; however, you might want a few dollars for a newspaper, etc.

Billing For Services

After your procedure, you will receive separate bills from the anesthesiologist, the hospital, the radiology and pathology departments (if applicable), and the surgical assistant. If your insurance carrier has specific requirements regarding participation status, please contact your carrier.

Parking

Parking is available in visitor lots for free.

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