Our spine surgeons specialise in vertebrectomy, which is a surgical procedure to remove all of the vertebral body

What is a vertebrectomy?

A vertebrectomy is a procedure to remove all of the vertebral body, an oval-shaped segment of bone making up the front of the vertebra.

It's normally carried out if spinal disc disease or damage has spread into the bones on either side of the disc itself.

Need to know

  • What happens during a vertebrectomy? icon plus

    A vertebrectomy is a surgical procedure carried out under general anaesthetic. Your HCA UK surgeon will start removing your vertebral body using surgical instruments. They'll then fill the void with a cage-like structure, which will help to support your spine and encourage your bones to fuse naturally.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Before your vertebrectomy, you'll most likely be asked to attend a pre-assessment appointment at a date prior to it. At this appointment, you'll meet with a nurse specialist. They will explain how to prepare for the procedure. You'll be asked to limit your food and drink intake in the hours leading up to your vertebrectomy.
  • After your surgery icon plus

    After your vertebrectomy, you'll be taken to our recovery ward, where our dedicated staff will care for you. Once you have recovered from the anaesthetic you will go back to your room. You may be asked to stay in hospital for two to three days to recover fully. Your consultant or nurse specialist will explain when you can leave the hospital and get back to your usual routine.

Our spinal consultants

We're proud to work with leading spinal experts, specialising in different regions of the spine, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

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

Our locations

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

Request a spinal appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced spinal consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

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020 7079 4344
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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