Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Specialist in Nashville and Smyrna

First performed in the 1980s, minimally invasive spinal surgery (MIS) was introduced to offer patients less disruptive and less painful surgical solutions for many spinal disorders. The field continues to make rapid advances and allows Dr. Shibayama to be among the most experienced spine surgeons to treat an ever-evolving list of spinal disorders.

What is MIS Surgery?

Performed by Dr. Shibayama in the Smyrna and Nashville area, minimally invasive spinal surgery is less disruptive than traditional open-back (lumbar) surgery. In addition to incisions that are large as 5 to 6 inches in length, traditional open surgery has the potential for significant blood loss, greater risk of infection and long hospital stays that can last up to a week. Open surgery also increases the potential to damage normal tissue as surgeons have to cut or move healthy muscles and soft tissue out of the way in order to access the spine. In minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr. Shibayama relies on specialized instruments and tubes that allow access to the spine through small incisions only 1-2 inches long. Microscopes allow for magnification and exacting precision during the surgery.

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MIS Surgery Advantages


  • Faster recovery
  • Decreased risk of infection
  • Small incisions
  • Outpatient procedures
  • Fewer post-operative narcotics
Faster recovery

Less cutting, less pain

Minimally invasive techniques require less cutting and disruption of muscles allowing for a faster return to both work and recreational activities.

Decreased risk of infection

More experience, better results

With over 10 years of experience with minimally invasive spinal surgery, Dr. Shibayama has an infection rate that is far less than surgeons who do open surgery.

Small incisions

Small incisions, smaller scars

Because minimally invasive spine surgery utilizes advanced techniques and surgical instruments, incisions made are smaller and less noticeable after surgery compared to traditional open back surgery.

Outpatient procedures

No Lengthy Hospital Stay

Outpatient procedures mean you can start your recovery at home instead of spending multiple nights in a hospital.

Fewer post-operative narcotics

Less Pain, Fewer Opioids

Minimally invasive spine surgery decreases post-operative pain, so patients are not dependent upon narcotic medication. Dr. Shibayama develops custom anesthesia protocols for each patient based on their medical history to limit the use of pain medication both during and after surgery.

Conditions and Treatments

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Cervical Conditions

1. Herniated Disc
2. Spinal Stenosis
3. Radiculopathy/Arm Pain
4. Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy


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Cervical Treatments

1. Discectomy and Fusion
2. Microsurgical Cervical Laminoplasty
3. Cervical Disc Replacement
4. Lamino-Foraminotomy


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Lumbar Conditions

1. Herniated Disc
2. Spinal Arthritis/Stenosis
3. Spondylolisthesis
4. Degenerative Disc Disease
5. Scoliosis/Spinal Deformity in Adults
6. Spinal Trauma/Fractures
7. Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
8. Spinal Tumors


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Lumbar Treatments

1. Lumbar Microdiscectomy
2. Lumbar Laminectomy
3. Lumbar Fusion

The #1 Choice for Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Tennessee

Dr. Juris Shibayama is located at 300 StoneCrest Boulevard #300, Smyrna, Tennessee, 37167, US. From Nashville International Airport (BNA) head south on Terminal Dr toward Airport Service Rd. Keep left to continue on BNA Arriving Flights then use any lane to turn slightly left onto Terminal Dr. Turn right next merge onto Donelson Pike via the ramp to Murfreesboro Pk/US-70S. Turn right onto Harding Pl then use the left 2 lanes to turn left to merge onto I-24 E toward Chattanooga. Merge onto I-24 E and take exit 66A for Sam Ridley Pkwy W. Continue onto Sam Ridley Pkwy W then turn left onto Highwood Blvd. Turn left to stay on Highwood Blvd and next turn left onto Rock Springs Rd. Turn left onto Stonecrest Pkwy then Turn left onto StoneCrest Boulevard. Turn right Dr. Juris Shibayama will be on the right.

We are open from Monday-Friday from 08:00-17:00.

For additional questions you can call us at (615) 267-6600 or find us on Health Grades.


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In Short Words

Dr. Juris Shibayama is an orthopedic surgeon in Smyrna, Tennessee and is affiliated TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine. He did his orthopedic residency training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. He then completed a one year fellowship dedicated exclusively to spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He has been in practice 13 years.

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