A spinal discectomy is the removal of a small amount of bone and disc that together are compressing a nerve root in your lower back. It is performed in order to relieve pain or weakness caused when a nerve is squashed in the spine.
Our world class spinal surgeons regularly perform the procedure using open or minimally invasive surgery at Cromwell Hospital.
Who is suitable for a spinal discectomy?
Patients with degenerative disc disease with a disc protrusion or bulge resulting in sciatica may benefit from a spinal discectomy. Your lumbar disc may have slipped, herniated, or bulged out of position, putting pressure on your spinal nerves - this typically results in lower back pain and leg pain, often associated with tingling and numbness in your leg and on occasion weakness.
What does a spinal discectomy involve?
During the procedure, the bulging disc region which is pressing on a nerve will be removed. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic taking around 90 minutes.
A spinal discectomy involves a small opening at the base of your spine. This allows access, via removal of a small volume of bone, to the bulging disc and facilitating its removal and relief of pressure on the nerve. The wound is closed, and sutures are either dissolvable or removed at 10 days.
What is the recovery period?
Your recovery may vary from one to four weeks depending on your condition, type of surgery performed and, your general health. Your surgeon will tailor your recovery plan to your needs.
You may be able to go home on the same day if you are having minimally invasive surgery. For open surgery you are likely to have an overnight stay in hospital.
After your surgery you will be encouraged to increase your physical activity level gradually and have physiotherapy review and support.
As well as working with all major insurance companies, we also welcome patients who wish to pay for themselves.
Below is an outline of our self-pay hospital package which includes tests, hospital stay and procedure. Please note: it does not include consultant fees, which may vary.
Hospital package from £4,200
Indicative consultant fees from £1,250
- Standard pre-admission tests, including electrocardiogram (ECG) and chest X-ray
- Accommodation in a private en-suite room up to three nights (though longer stays are provided if required, at an increased package price)
- All meals
- Ward medications and dressings
- Theatre procedure and anesthetics
- Inpatient physiotherapy, pathology, occupational therapy, surgical stockings and crutches
- Post-op and discharge medication
- Consultant consultation fee
- Consultant procedure fee
- Anaesthetist fees
- Non-standard diagnostic and histology tests
- Any additional costs not specified in the package inclusions