Resources for Patients

We want your experience at the Vanderbilt Spine Center to be excellent in all respects. To help you understand your treatment, we've created documents for several types of spinal surgery that cover frequently asked questions, preparation and recovery. If you have questions, contact us at (615) 875-5100.


Cervical Radiculopathy
Compression Fractures of the Spine
Degenerative Disc Disease
Herniated Discs
Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
Metastatic Cancer of the Spine
Post Laminectomy Syndrome
Spinal Stenosis

Nonsurgical Procedures

Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection
Electromyography (EMG)
Fluoroscopic Guided Hip Injection
Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Myelography (CT Myelogram)
Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection

Surgical Procedures

ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
Cervical Laminaplasty (Cervical Laminoplasty)
Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion
Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy
Lumbar Corpectomy
Lumbar Laminectomy
Lumbar Disc Microsurgery
Minimally-Invasive TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion)
Occipito-Cervical Fixation (OC Fusion)
Spinal Fusion (Lumbar Spine, for Treatment of Spondylolisthesis)
XLIF Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Post-Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Surgical Manuals

Cervical Decompression
Anterior Cervical Fusion
Posterior Cervical Fusion
Spinal Deformity Fusion
Spinal Fusion
Lumbar Decompression
Lumbar Microsurgery