SSR - Terms of Use

Terms of Use

Welcome to the Spine Surgery Recovery Website

Spine Surgery Recovery is a program of Vanderbilt University designed to provide some general information about how people manage their recovery after spine surgery. The following terms constitute an agreement between you ("user") and Vanderbilt University. This agreement ("Terms of Use") governs your use of this website as a casual visitor. By using Spine Surgery Recovery, you signify that you agree to these terms of service, and you consent to the privacy policy referenced herein. Please note, this site is offered, AS IS and without any warranties of any kind.


By using the Spine Surgery Recovery website, you represent and warrant that your use of the Spine Surgery Recovery service does not violate any applicable law or regulation. The Spine Surgery Recovery website is a general audience site.

User Responsibilities

You may use the Spine Surgery Recovery service for lawful, non-commercial purposes only. When accessing or using the Spine Surgery Recovery service, the user shall not:

  • act in any fashion or encourage any action that might harm, harass or endanger another person;
  • infringe on the personal rights of others;
  • contribute content or conduct oneself in a manner that would be considered offensive or indecent;
  • violate the intellectual property, proprietary rights, or any other rights of others;
  • use the Spine Surgery Recovery service in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, impair, or compromise our servers, networks or data; or
  • attempt to gain unauthorized access to any services, user accounts, or computer systems or networks

User-Generated Content

This site is intended for personal, non-commercial, use by persons who have had or will have spine surgery. Content from the Spine Surgery Recovery website may not be distributed by the user to any third party at any time without the express, written permission of VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, contributor or copyright holder as appropriate. VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY may make use of legal and technical remedies to prevent the violation of these provisions and to enforce these Terms of Use.

You may submit feedback to us through the Contact page. By doing so, you agree that VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY may use in any manner and without limitation all comments and suggestions you provide, and that VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY will own all intellectual property we choose to create based upon this feedback.

Please note that some pages within this website may provide information on services not managed by VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY. VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY shall have no liability for the contents of such services and information, and use of them shall be at the sole risk of the user. VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY does not review, control or take responsibility for the content of these services. Links from this website to other sites not managed by VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY does not imply endorsement or credibility of the service, information or product offered through these resources. Please be aware that most information transmitted over the Internet is not secure; thus, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Once you connect to another service or site, you are subject to the privacy policy of those services and sites.

Disclaimer and Limit of Liability

This website is designed for educational purposes only and is not for giving medical advice. The information provided through this website is not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect that you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.

The information provided on the Spine Surgery Recovery website is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind and VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY hereby disclaims all warranties and conditions, whether express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with regard to any information provided on the Spine Surgery Recovery website. VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY makes no warranties about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the website, the material or other content posted on the website, or the services, software, text, graphics and links provided on the website. VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY does not warrant that the website will operate error-free or that the website and its server are free from viruses.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY assumes no liability of any kind for any of the information contained in the Spine Surgery Recovery web site or for any diagnosis, treatment, or other patient management decisions made in reliance thereof. In no event shall VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY or any third parties mentioned on the website be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, incidental and consequential damages, lost profits or damages resulting from business interruption) resulting from the use or inability to use the website and the material posted on the website, whether based on warranty, contract, tort, or any other legal theory, and whether or not VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY is advised of the possibility of such damages. VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY may make improvements or changes to its features, functionality, or content at any time without notice to users or third parties.

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents and employees from and against any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees and legal costs that may be made by any third party, due to or arising out of your conduct in connection with the Spine Surgery Recovery website or service, your violation of these terms of use, or your violation of the rights of another person or party.

Copyright gives the owner exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, perform, display, or license a given work. Even in instances where a website or document does not include a symbol (e.g. ©) or other indication about the copyright holder, the U.S. copyright act nonetheless provides protection for such works and they may not be used or reproduced without permission.

All rights in the content of this site are reserved by VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY. No part of the Spine Surgery Recovery website can be reproduced, distributed or otherwise used without the express written permission of VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY.

Layout, site design, Spine Surgery Recovery logo and database copyright 2014 by Vanderbilt University.

All text, images, animations, and information contained on this site are the intellectual property of VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY.

Notification of Copyright Infringement

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects its users to do the same. You may not upload, embed, post, e-mail, transmit or otherwise make available any material that infringes any copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights of any person or entity. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY will respond to notices of alleged infringement that are reported to VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY's Designated Copyright Agent at: For guidance with regard to the DMCA, please visit the U.S. Copyright Office website. The text of the DMCA may be found at:

Governing Law

These terms of service are governed by laws of the State of Tennessee. Jurisdiction for any claims arising under these terms of service shall lie exclusively with the state or federal courts within the State of Tennessee. If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any term of these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term.

Certain services on the Spine Surgery Recovery website may have additional terms (such as policies, guidelines, and rules) that will further govern your use of that particular service and supplement these Terms of Use. If you choose to register for or access any such service, you will be presented with any relevant additional terms and conditions at that time. By using those services, you agree to comply with such additional guidelines and rules.

Policy Changes

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY may occasionally modify this agreement, which shall be effective upon posting by VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY on the Spine Surgery Recovery website. Your continued participation in the Spine Surgery Recovery after VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY posts a revised agreement signifies your acceptance of the revised agreement. It is recommended that you review this agreement regularly to ensure you are informed of any changes.