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Laminectomy

Cost of a laminectomy

USA AUD106361.00
UK AUD93694.00
Spain AUD11711.00
Thailand AUD10665.00
Turkey AUD8736.00
* Prices start from and are subject to change

Laminectomy

Neurosurgery

What is a laminectomy?

A laminectomy is a procedure usually performed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves, to remove herniated intervertebral discs, or to remove tumours. One of the most common reasons for a laminectomy in the lumbar region is a prolapsed or herniated intervertebral disc. If the herniated disc is in the lumbar region, it can cause sciatic nerve pressure with pain radiating down the leg, weaken the muscles in the leg, and some loss of sensation in the leg and foot. It may also be difficult to raise your leg when it is held in a straight position due to the pain. Another common reason for a laminectomy is the degeneration, or the arthritis of the spine. This can lead to the narrowing of the pathways that your nerves travel through, and can also cause sciatic nerve pressure. It may be difficult to walk due to the aching or the burning in the legs after short distances.

What happens during a laminectomy surgery? 

You will have an initial consultation with your surgeon to discuss the suitability of the procedure, to communicate your desired goal, discuss options, and discuss the details of the procedure. Once all of the details are agreed upon and confirmed, a date for the procedure is set.

Prior to the procedure, a general anaesthetic is usually administered. Once the anaesthetic sets, your surgeon will make an incision, about 2-5 inches long, in the middle of the back of your spine. The left and right back muscles are then dissected off the lamina on both sides and at multiple levels. The lamina, which is between the bony projection of the vertebrae, which are the points you can feel with your fingers, and the transverse process, is then either removed, or drilled into with small holes, allowing the visualization of the nerve roots. The facet joints, which are directly over the nerve roots, may then be trimmed to give the nerve roots more room. Your surgeon will then suture the incision up.

The procedure usually takes between 1-2 hours. Patients typically stay between 1-3 days in the hospital post-procedure for observation. Your movements will depend largely on your pre-operative condition and your age. Muscle spasms are not uncommon post-procedure. Pain relief and antispasmodic medication are usually given for it. Prior to being discharged, you are often given specific instructions on how to get out of bed properly to avoid stress and strain on your wound site. You may also be taught on how to prevent twisting, flexing, or hyper-extending your back whilst moving around. You are also encouraged to walk, stand, and sit for short periods of time. It is recommended to avoid activities that would strain your spine such as sitting or standing for too long, flexing your spine, bending at the waist, climbing too many stairs, or going for long trips in the car. You should be able to return to work on light duties 4-weeks post-procedure and it is highly recommended to follow a regular exercise program provided by your surgeon or Physiotherapist post-procedure. This would help to increase your spinal muscle strength and flexibility, and to protect it against future injury.

How do I find the right surgeon?

The best way is to speak to a few surgeons and find out which surgeon you are most comfortable with. At Holiday Health, we can connect you to reputable and reliable surgeons. We strongly suggest you take into consideration that the surgeon you choose:

  • is reputable and trustworthy;
  • has a proven track record;
  • is registered with or accredited by their local government or the governing medical body or association;
  • has never been disqualified from practising anywhere in the world;
  • has never been found guilty of endangering a patient’s life; and
  • has never been found guilty of malpractice.

You should also include any preferences you might have. For example, you might be more comfortable with a female surgeon, or someone who has more experience.

 

Important 

Before your procedure, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and the results you would like to achieve with your surgeon. Communication is vital in reaching your goals. Ensure you communicate your vision clearly to your surgeon and re-confirm the intended procedure to ensure there is no miscommunication. Your surgeon will work with you to reach an understanding about what you can expect from this procedure, and what long-term benefits and side-effects you may experience. Every patient is different, and your specialist will choose the surgical technique and treatment plan that is right for you.

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and which vitamins and medications should be taken or avoided.

Please note. The information found on this website is purely for educational purposes only and should not be relied upon for its exactness or for its accuracy for your specific situation and/or for your specific procedure. The information provided is not a substitute for advice from your physician / surgeon as it may not contain all the known facts, risks and side effects of this procedure. Please consult with your physician / surgeon about your personal circumstances and about your personal procedure / treatment plan. We take no responsibility for any misinformation, inaccuracies, or for any loss or damage suffered by you in relation to the services we provide to you, or the information provided on our website.

Healthcare providers

Acibadem Adana Hospital Adana, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • The radiation oncology department operates as a benchmark center for the Adana and Çukurova
  • 3km from Adana Şakirpaşa Airport
Acibadem Ankara Hospital Ankara, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure and technology
  • 43km from Esenboğa International Airport
Acibadem Atakent University Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Has a strong focus on cardiology, nuclear medicine, and oncology
  • 11km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Bakırköy Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Has highly experienced staff in general surgery, orthopaedics, urology, pediatric cardiology, and brain surgery
  • 8km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Bodrum Hospital Bodrum, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Experienced cardiology team
  • 44km from Milas-Bodrum Airport
Acibadem Bursa Hospital Bursa, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • One of the most advanced Oncology and Radiotherapy Center in Bursa, Turkey
  • 129km from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
Acibadem Eskişehir Hospital Eskişehir, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Strong focus on cardiology, oncology, orthopaedics and pediatrics
  • 119km from Zafer Airport
Acibadem Fulya Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Specializes in sports medicine, orthopaedics, physical therapy and traumatology
  • 22km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem International Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • A world-class leading hospital renowned with foreign patients
  • 7km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Kadıköy Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Specializes in IVF and risky pregnancies
  • 32km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Kayseri Hospital Kayseri, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • The Cancer reference center for the Central Anatolian Region in Turkey
  • 6km from Erkilet International Airport
Acibadem Kocaeli Hospital Izmit, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • A reference center for childbirth in the Kocaeli and Gebze region of Turkey
  • 69km from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport
Acibadem Kozyatağı Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Specializes in neurological science and oncology
  • 32km from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
Acibadem Maslak Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • A reference center for cancer treatment
  • 32km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Taksim Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Fully fledged hospital serving in all branches of medicine
  • 20km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Gleneagles Hospital Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • Equipped with a neonatal intensive care unit and a phototherapy facility for its little patients
  • 7km from Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • Home to the first Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion in Malaysia
  • 10km from Kuala Lumpur city centre
Gleneagles Hospital Medini Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • Specializes in Cardiology, Gyneacology and Obstetrics, and Orthopaedics.
  • 18km from Johor Bahru city centre
Gleneagles Hospital Penang Penang, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • First private hospital in Penang
  • 2km from George Town, Penang city centre
Hizmet Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Specializes in cardiovascular surgery, hair transplants, kidney transplants, neurosurgery, orthopaedics and traumatology
  • 10km from Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Makati Medical Center Manila, Philippines

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  • Philippines’ premier hospital for over 45 years
  • Provides premium and personalized health care services
  • 7km from Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Medstar Antalya Hospital Antalya, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Specializes in cancer treatment – Medstar Chemotherapy and Arts Center
  • 9km from Antalya Airport
Medstar Topçular Hospital Antalya, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • A multidisciplinary hospital specializing in Gynecology and Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Urology
  • 11km from Antalya Airport
Memorial Ankara Hospital Ankara, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Has the most advanced medical technology in Turkey
  • 35km from Ankara Esenboga Airport
Memorial Antalya Hospital Antalya, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Specializes in IVF, bariatric surgery, hair transplant and plastic surgery
  • 13km from Antalya Airport
Memorial Ataşehir Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Is a multidisciplinary hospital
  • 37km from Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Memorial Dicle Hospital Diyarbakir, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Offers world-class standard health care
  • 5km from Diyarbakir Airport
Memorial Diyarbakir Hospital Diyarbakir, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Offers world-class standard health care
  • 7km from Diyarbakir Airport
Memorial Kayseri Hospital Kayseri, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • The hospital’s Kayseri IVF center serves as a reference center for IVF globally
  • 5km from Kayseri Erkilet Airport
Memorial Şişli Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Prestigious reputation in cardiology, organ transplantation, IVF and genetics
  • 23km from Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Normah Medical Specialist Centre Kuching, Malaysia

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  • The first private hospital in Borneo to be granted the prestigious JCI accreditation
  • Operates as a not-for-profit organization
  • 16km from Kuching International Airport
Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh Melaka, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • Has a team of surgeons, radiotherapists, specialty nurses and counsellors that can provide a holistic care environment for patients
  • 9km from Melacca city centre
Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • The hospital has a specialist Cancer Institute, Breast Care Centre, Eye Centre, Hand and Upper Limb Centre, Spine and Joint Centre, and Heart Centre
  • 8km from Kuala Lumpur city centre
Pantai Hospital Penang Penang, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • Has a specialist centre for the treatment of stroke
  • 5km from Penang International Airport
Raffles Hospital Singapore, Singapore

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  • Part of the Raffles Medical Group
  • Practise high standards in patient care
  • 19km from Singapore Changi Airport

FAQs

The price of a laminectomy varies. With the health care providers we work with, the price starts from AUD$8,736.

Approximately 70-80% of patients will have a significant improvement in their pain and discomfort, and will have significant improvement in their ability to perform normal daily activities after a laminectomy.

You will be asked to undergo some tests to confirm diagnosis such as a myelogram, a CT scan, an MRI scan, or a spinal X-ray. You are usually also asked to undergo blood and urine tests to determine your suitability. It is best to consult with your surgeon to determine your eligibility and suitability for a laminectomy. 

  •  Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Chest infection
  • Delayed instability
  • Blood clots in the legs
  • Injury to the nerve root
  • Paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Damage to the dura leading to leakage of spinal fluid
  • Adverse reactions to the anaesthesia

There may be other potential risks involved when undergoing a laminectomy procedure. Please discuss them further with your surgeon.

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