Spinal disc surgery

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Lumbar microdiscectomy

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

About

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.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    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 a cut 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 cut or general anaesthetic may be required. Your consultant will let you know what to expect.

  • How to prepare icon plus

    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 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.

  • Afterwards icon plus

    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.

    While it can take a few weeks to fully recover, most people feel immediate pain relief after surgery. 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.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

We offer this treatment at a fixed price at some of our facilities.

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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Enquiries 020 7407 3100
    Appointments 020 7234 2009

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Enquiries 020 7730 7733
    Appointments 020 7811 4000

  • The Princess Grace Hospital Facility

    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London

    W1U 5NY

    Enquiries 020 7486 1234
    Appointments 020 7908 8001

  • The Wellington Hospital Facility

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London

    NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    Enuiries 020 3553 1516

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 3797 3580
    Maternity enquiries 020 3468 6141
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 3797 3846

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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.

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