Why Choose Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery 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



Cervical Treatments

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



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



Lumbar Treatments

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

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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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