Spine Surgery Specialist

Robert Lowe III, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeons & Spine Specialists located in Nashville, TN & Cookeville, TN

When your chronic back or neck pain fails to improve with medical interventions, you may need to consider spine surgery. Robert Lowe III, MD, in Nashville, Springhill, and Cookeville, Tennessee, is an orthopedic physician with fellowship training in spine surgery. He uses the most advanced surgical tools and techniques when performing spine surgery so you get the best outcomes. Call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.

Spine Surgery Q & A

When do I need spine surgery?

You may need spinal surgery if medical interventions fail to provide adequate relief from your spine condition.

Millions of Americans struggle with chronic neck and back pain. However, most people get relief from their condition with medical therapies. Dr. Lowe takes a traditional approach to care, which means trying medications, physical therapy, and other treatments as first-line interventions before considering surgery.

Dr. Lowe only performs spine surgery if the exact source of your pain is known. Some of the conditions he treats with spine surgery include spinal stenosis, herniated discs, spinal compression fractures, and scoliosis. 

What are the types of spine surgery?

There are many types of spine surgery. Dr. Lowe creates an individualized surgical plan for each of his patients. He reviews the type of spine surgery you need during your consultation.

Types of spine surgery include:


During a discectomy, Dr. Lowe removes a herniated disc, which is a damaged or ruptured disc, from your spine. 

Disc replacement

After a discectomy, Dr. Lowe may perform a disc replacement procedure. During this surgery, he replaces your damaged disc with a prosthetic device that functions like your natural disc. 

Spinal fusion

With a spinal fusion, Dr. Lowe joins two or more vertebral bones together. This procedure limits spinal mobility but improves spine stability and alleviates pain.

Spinal decompression

During a spinal decompression, Dr. Lowe removes bone spurs or bony walls from your vertebrae to reduce the narrowing in your spinal canal that causes spinal stenosis.

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty

For spinal compression fractures, Dr. Lowe performs vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty. During the procedure, he strengthens and restores height to your collapsed vertebrae with a special bone cement. 

How is spine surgery performed?

As a skilled spine surgeon, Dr. Lowe uses many tools and techniques when performing surgery. 

Minimally invasive spine surgery

With minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Lowe performs procedures through small incisions with the use of X-ray-guided imaging and special surgical tools. 

Robotic spine surgery

For robotic surgery, Dr. Lowe uses the Mazor X™ platform. This advanced system allows Dr. Lowe to perform complex spine procedures with smaller incisions and greater accuracy.

Traditional open spine surgery

During traditional open spine surgery, Dr. Lowe makes large incisions to gain access to the area of the spine undergoing surgery. 

Surgery Handouts:

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) surgery

Anterior Lumbar Interbody fusion (ALIF) surgery

Direct Lateral Interbody fusion (DLIF) surgery

Minimally Invasive TLIF surgery


Medications to Avoid

Financial Instructions

ACDF discharge instructions

Lumbar Fusion discharge instructions

Lumbar Laminectomy discharge instructions

Posterior Cervical Fusion discharge instructions

Kyphoplasty Discharge instructions

To schedule a consultation with the experienced spine surgeon, call the nearest office of Robert Lowe III, MD, or book online today.