Private Herniated Disc Surgery in the UK 

MICRODISCECTOMY


A minimally invasive spinal procedure to help relieve back or leg pain caused by a slipped (prolapsed) disc

Spinal imagery

What is a herniated disc?

Your spine is made up of a column of bones (vertebrae), separated by spongy discs that act as shock absorbers. These discs can wear out with age or get damaged if you lift heavy things.

A slipped disc is a common and painful condition that can be repaired with an endoscopic (keyhole) procedure.

Lower back pain

The Spine is made up of 24 bones called vertebrae and between each is a disc which acts a shock absorber in the spinal column.

Sometimes these discs can wear out and press on the spinal cord or nerves causing lower back pain

More about lower back pain

Need to know

We were the first private hospital group in the UK to offer endoscopic spinal surgery. If your consultant recommends this approach for you, the procedure can be done through an incision in your back no bigger than a needle puncture.

Endoscopic disc surgery is usually done using local anaesthetic and sedation. Your surgeon will use a specialised operating microscope (endoscope) and tiny surgical instruments to repair or remove damaged disc tissue. This delicate procedure takes about an hour and requires no stitches.

Depending on your condition, a larger incision or general anaesthetic may be required. Your consultant will let you know what to expect.

Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any question you may have. If your surgery will be done using general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long to avoid eating and drinking beforehand. They'll also let you know if there is anything else you'll need to do to prepare. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.

Depending on the procedure you've had, you may be able to return home the same day. However, some spinal procedures require a hospital stay of up to three nights.

Your consultant will let you know what to expect. They'll also explain how to care for your back while it heals. It can take a few weeks to fully recover. It's important not to lift anything heavy or twist your body while your spine heals.

Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to you usual routine, including work or exercise. They may also recommend a course of physiotherapy to help improve your mobility.

Hospital stay and procedure

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Paying for medical treatment

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Private Herniated Disc Surgery in the UK  Consultants

Mr Ramsey Chammaa

Mr Ramsey Chammaa

Orthopaedic Surgery

Mr Colin Natali

Mr Colin Natali

Orthopaedic Surgery

Mr Neil Dorward

Mr Neil Dorward

Neurosurgery

Mr Francesco Vergani

Mr Francesco Vergani

Neurosurgery

Our Private Herniated Disc Surgery in the UK  locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.