TSC Rutherford

Advanced  Robotic General  & Vascular Surgery

Surgical Clinic Location in Rutherford County

TSC Rutherford

515 StoneCrest Pkwy., Suite 230
Smyrna, TN 37167
P: 615-223-9935
F: 615-891-5046
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

TSC Murfreesboro

2933 Medical Center Pkwy., Suite D
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
P: 615-223-9935
F: 615-891-5046
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hospital Affiliations

StoneCrest Medical Center

200 StoneCrest Blvd.
Smyrna, TN 37167
P: 615-768-2000

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital

1700 Medical Center Pkwy.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
P: 615-396-4100

Our Surgeons

Dr. Joshua Taylor, MD, FACS
General Surgeon
StoneCrest Clinic

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American College of Surgeons

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Dr. William Melvin
General Surgeon
StoneCrest Clinic

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Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons
Society of Robotic Surgeons
Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Metabolic Surgeons
Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgeons
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Southeastern Surgical Congress
American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons
American Society of Veteran Administration Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
Medical School: Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
Residency: St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, TX
Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Dr. Todd Wilkens
Vascular Surgeon
StoneCrest Clinic

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American College of Surgeons
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Surgeon Specialities

General & Advanced Robotic Specialties

Robotic Single Site Cholecystectomy
Robotic Colectomy
Robotic Ventral Hernia Repair
Robotic Transversus Abdominal Release (TAR) Hernia Surgery
Robotic Inguinal Hernia Repair
Robotic Hiatal Hernia Repair
Nissen fundoplication
Antireflux procedure (LINX)
Incisionless hemorrhoid surgery (HAL)

Vascular Specialties

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
Carotid endarterectomy
Femoral to popliteal bypass
Femoral to tibial bypass
Dialysis fistulae
Stenting athrectomy of peripheral arteries

Surgical Procedures

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
Robotic Surgery
Abdominal Wall Hernia Repair
Adrenal Surgery
Adrenalectomy and Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
Anal Surgery
Aneurysm – Extremity
Aneurysm – False
Anti Reflux Surgery and Laparoscopic Anti Reflux Surgery
Anti-Reflux (GERD) Surgery
Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease
Laparoscopic Appendectomy
Arterial Insufficiency
Aschalasia Surgery
Axillary Sentinel Node Biopsy
Axillary Sentinel Node Dissection
Breast Biopsy
Breast Cancer Surgery
Cancer Surgery
Carotid Bruit
Carotid Stenosis
Colon Resection
Colon Surgery
Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
Colorectal Surgery
Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
Robotic Colorectal Surgery
Colostomy/Ileostomy Reversal
Laparoscopic Colostomy
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Diagnostic Laparoscopy
End Stage Renal Disease
Endocrine Surgery
Endoscopic Gastric Tube
Endoscopic Jejunal Tube
Endoscopic Placed Gastric Tube
Endoscopic Placed Jejunal Tube
Endoscopic Surgery
Excision of Lipoma
Excision of Sebaceous Cyst
Excision of Skin Cancer/Moles
Exploratory Laparotomy
Gallbladder Surgery
Gastrointestinal Malignancy
General Surgery
General Surgery
Hemorrhoid Surgery
Hemorrhoidal Artery Ligation and Recto Anal Repair (HAL-RAR)
Hernia Repair
Hernia Surgery
Hiatal Hernia Repair
Hiatal Hernia Surgery
Hyper-parathyroid surgery
Hyper-thyroid Surgery
Inguinal Hernia Repair
Inguinal Hernia Surgery
IVC Filter Consult
Laparoscopic Adrenal Removal
Laparoscopic Appendectomy
Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Procedure (LINX)
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
Laparoscopic Parastomal Hernia Repair
Laparoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopic Weight loss Surgery
Lipoma Removal
Liver Biopsy
Liver Surgery
Lower Extremity Ulcers
Lymph Node Biopsy
Mesenteric Ischemia
Non-Healing Wound

Pancreas Surgery
Paresophageal Hernia Surgery
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
Placement of Gastric Electric Stimulator
Port-a-Cath Insertion/Removal
RAL Cholecystectomy (single site)
RAL Colon Surgery
RAL Gallbladder Surgery
RAL Hernia Surgery
RAL Stomach Surgery
RAL Weight Loss Surgery
Rectal Surgery
Recurrent Hernia Surgery
Renal Artery Stenosis
Renal Insufficiency
Repair of Recurrent Hernias
Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic (RAL) Surgery
Scarless Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
Sebaceous Cyst Removal
Skin Cancer Excision
Skin Mole Excision
Small Bowel Resection
Small Bowel Surgery
Spleen Surgery
Spleenectomy and Laparoscopic Spleenectomy
Splenic Artery Aneurysm
Stomach Surgery
Stomach Surgery and Laparoscopic Stomach Surgery
Subclavian Steal Syndrome
Surgical Oncology
Temporal Arteritis
Thyroid Surgery
Transoral Thyroidectomy
Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS)
Transversus Abdominis Release (TAR)
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
Varicose Veins
Venous Insufficiency
Venous Stasis
Wound Care

What is Scarless Thyroid Surgery?

Scarless Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

The Surgical Clinic (TSC) specializes in advanced technologies for giving patients the best results possible and proudly offers a scarless approach to thyroid surgery called a transoral thyroidectomy. Transoral simply means through the mouth. This particular procedure is performed by Dr. Joshua Taylor, a board certified general surgeon with TSC Rutherford, who performs thyroid and parathyroid surgery through the lip to alleviate scarring post surgery. Dr. Taylor was trained at Johns Hopkins hospital, which has had the most experience performing the transoral approach to thyroid and parathyroid surgery since 2015.  In the past 5 years, medical experts have completed over 3,000 studies to prove this successful approach to be safe and effective.

Many patients prefer this newer, advanced approach to prevent having a scar on their neck after surgery. To learn more about scarless thyroid surgery, Dr. Taylor explains the benefits, studies, potentials complications and more in the video below.



Patients with Colon, Rectal, and Anal problems?

Colorectal Surgery

Our standard is minimally invasive surgery with proven results. Minimally Invasive approach to colorectal surgery is not the standard approach. 75% of colorectal surgery nationally is performed open! 75% of our patients underwent a laparoscopic or robotic colorectal surgery NOT open! In 2016, The Johns Hopkins Hospital published its data on colorectal procedures.They reported a median length of stay of EIGHT days in the hospital. Our median length of stay is 5 days for laparoscopic and 4.5 for robotic surgery!

Patients with Rectal Polyps?


Dr. Melvin and Dr. Taylor are the only certified TAMIS surgeons in the Rutherford county area.
(https://tamissurgery.com/find-a-surgeon search Tennessee)
Minimally invasive approach to treating rectal polyps and even early stage rectal tumors.
“By combining local excision techniques and chemoradiation, the problem of persistent disease from untreated lymphatics is addressed. In higher lesions, TEM/TAMIS helps address the problem of specimen fragmentation and the challenge of achieving clear margins by operating with an endoluminal approach. With the combination of these approaches, the patient has an increased chance for success with an expanded role of local therapy for stage I rectal cancer.” Complexities in Colorectal Surgery 2014

Incisionless Hemorrhoid Surgery (HAL-RAR)


Hemorrhoidal Artery Ligation and Recto Anal Repair – is a new form of treatment for all grades of hemorrhoids. Some 50% of people will suffer from hemorrhoidal disease at some stage in their life, however up until now, many of them have put off consulting their doctor because of the pain associated with the various treatment methods
The ligations serve to reduce the arterial blood supply, causing the haemorrhoidal cushions to shrink back to normal size. The RAR method is used to treat the prolpasing hemorrhoids that occur during more advanced stages of the disease. RAR involves one or more mucopexies of prolapsing mucosa, carried out after the hemorrhoidal arteries have been ligated. All of this is performed through the anus and is incisionless. This has been shown to be effective and result in high patient satisfaction!

Noninvasive Hernia Surgery

Robotic Hernia

Dr. Melvin and Dr. Taylor are regional leaders for robotic hernia surgery.
Dr. Taylor was first to perform a transversus abdominus release (TAR) w/ robotic surgery in Tennessee. Dr. Melvin and Dr. Taylor both perform complex hernia repairs, re-operative and recurrent hernia repairs, and “component separations” with the robotic approach. The robotic procedure adds reinforcement to the abdominal wall to prevent the recurrences or other hernias from developing, recovers the abdominal wall functionality, prevents the intra-abdominal organs from protruding through the abdominal wall and provides a cosmetically-pleasing appearance.

Patient results:

  • quicker discharge
  • less pain
  • quicker return to normal activities

Robotic surgery has been demonstrated to have fewer complications for inguinal hernia surgery.
(Surgical Endoscopy 2017)

Revolutionary Solution for Reflux

LINX® Reflux Management System

Unlike other procedures to treat reflux, LINX is implanted around the outside of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) and requires no alteration to the stomach.
LINX preserves normal physiological function so you can belch or vomit as needed. The titanium beads open and close to let food down, and if it needs to come up, it can.
The device will not affect airport security. And you can still have an MRI. Enjoy life with LINX.
Reflux sufferers, meet LINX® — a revolutionary solution for reflux. It’s a simple device with life-changing potential. LINX is intended for patients diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) as defined by abnormal pH testing, and who are seeking an alternative to continuous acid suppression therapy. Continue on to learn more about this small device with big results.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD is a condition in which fluids from the stomach wash back into the Esophagus.
GERD is more than just a nuisance. Over time, the repeated exposure to stomach acids can cause permanent damage to the Esophagus and can even result in cancers. When medications aren’t working, surgery is an option and there is a new surgical procedure called LINX that offers patients a less invasive procedure.
LINX is a procedure that allows the Surgeon to place a beaded necklace made of magnets around the weakened valve area of the Esophagus. These magnets help the valve to stay closed, but can flex when the valve needs to open to allow food to head to the stomach. LINX allows patients to often go home the day of the surgery and begin eating a regular diet right away. Should there ever be a reason to remove the LINX necklace, it can be done in a minimally invasive way and the necklace leaves no permanent change to the Esophagus itself.
If you are suffering from Reflux problems that don’t respond to medication, LINX may be your best move.

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