Private Microdiscectomy of the Spine
Microdiscectomy of the spine is done to correct a herniated disc. Herniated discs are when the disc is torn and the gel-like inner material herniates or pokes out. This results in the disc compressing the spinal nerves that cause back pain. To relieve pain, a microdiscectomy can be done, where a portion of the disc, bone and/or ligaments are removed, creating space and freeing the herniation.
Microdiscectomy of the spine is considered a minimally invasive procedure and can be done on an out patient basis. Almost all of the joints, ligaments and muscles are left intact making it a relatively easy recovery. The results can last for many years. In one study, it was found that 84% of people who had the surgery rated their results as good or excellent after 4 years.
Candidates for microdiscectomy are those with worsening pain, numbness, weakness or tingling in the legs and when all other treatments have been exhausted and no longer work. Costs to have a microdiscectomy on a private basis start around $17,000.
If you are interested in a consultation, we can make arrangements for that. The cost is $600 for the records and MRI images to be reviewed by a neurosurgeon and include a discussion with him on whether or not a microdiscectomy is the appropriate surgery for your needs. Keep in mind, a recent MRI less than 6 months old is preferred. We charge a $200 fee to make these arrangements. Contact us today to set your consultation up!