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Microdiscectomy – Slipped Disc Surgery

Cost of a microdiscectomy

USA AUD44239.00
Germany AUD16007.00
Australia AUD15000.00
UK AUD11880.00
Turkey AUD8011.00
Thailand AUD7935.00
* Prices start from and are subject to change

Microdiscectomy – Slipped Disc Surgery

Neurosurgery

What is a slipped disc surgery?

Slipped disc surgery, also known as lumbar herniated disc surgery is performed to remove a portion of the disc that is impinging on the nerve root.

Discs sit between the vertebrae, which are the bones of the spine, and are made up of an outer coat of tough fibrous tissue with a jelly-like substance inside. They act as shock-absorbers, cushioning the spine when you jump or run. If the outer part of the disc tears, the cushioning gel can leak out, putting pressure on the nerve which passes between the vertebrae and may cause you pain, generally in the lower back region and down your legs.

The treatment options for a slipped disc, or a lumbar herniated disc will largely depend on the length of time you have had your symptoms and the severity of your back pain. Other considerations include the nature of the symptoms and your age. As a general rule, patients are usually advised to start with 6-12 weeks of non-surgical treatment such as physiotherapy, epidural injections, or medications. There is a wide range of non-surgical treatments available and some treatments may work better for some patients than others.

If after 6-12 weeks, the non-surgical treatment for the slipped disc, or lumbar herniated disc does not provide pain relief and the pain is severe, it is reasonable to consider surgery. Your surgeon may recommend surgery prior to completing a full 6-weeks of non-surgical care if there is severe pain and you are having difficulty maintaining a reasonable level of functioning, or you are experiencing progressive neurological symptoms such as worsening leg weakness and/or numbness.

What happens during a microdiscectomy 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.

You will be asked to undergo some tests to confirm diagnosis such as a CT scan, or an MRI scan. You are usually also asked to undergo blood and urine tests to determine your suitability.

Prior to the procedure, a general anaesthetic is usually administered. Once the anaesthetic sets, your will commence the procedure. A small 1 to 1 1/2-inch incision will be made directly over the affected disc. A lighted microscope is used to help your surgeon see the affected area. Your surgeon may remove a small portion of bone that protects the root nerve. With a scissor-like tool, your surgeon will remove the damaged herniated tissue, relieving the pressure on the nerve. The incision is then closed with sutures.

The procedure usually takes between 1-2 hours. Patients typically stay between 1-2 days in the hospital post-procedure for observation. 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 6-weeks post-procedure and it is highly recommended to follow a regular exercise program provided by your surgeon or Physiotherapist. 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 doctor, 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
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 microdiscectomy varies. With the health care providers we work with, the price starts from AUD$8,011.

 Your back pain may not disappear completely. Your mobility will depend largely on your condition prior to the surgery. Another factor that will impact your mobility is your age. Muscle spams are also common after the surgery. Your surgeon will usually prescribe some pain relief and antispasmodic medication for them. 

The success rate for a microdiscectomy is approximately 90-95%. 5-10% of patients may develop a recurrent disc herniation at some point in the future.

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clot
  • Dural tear
  • Nerve root damage
  • Paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Adverse reactions to the anaesthesia

There may be other potential risks involved when undergoing a slipped disc surgery. Please discuss them further with your surgeon.

 A slipped disc, or a lumbar herniated disc occurs when the circle of connective tissue surrounding the disc breaks down. This allows the soft, gel-like part of the disc to swell and protrude out. It is not always clear what causes the connective tissue to break down, however, there are a number of factors that can cause a slipped disc, or a lumbar herniated disc, such as – traumatic injury to your back, weakness, being overweight, or smoking. 

 

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