Back surgery (spinal surgery) at Spire Alexandra Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £6,480

Our experienced consultants at Spire Alexandra Hospital use trusted and clinically proven back surgery techniques to repair wear and tear or damage to your spine.

Sometimes also called

  • Discectomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar decompression
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Spinal decompression surgery
  • Spinal fusion test

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    1-4 days

  • Procedure duration
    At least an hour, varies according to type of surgery

  • Type of anaesthetic
    General

  • Available to self-pay?
    Yes

  • Covered by health insurance?
    Yes

Why Spire?

  • You can usually see a consultant within a few days of enquiry
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Flexible payment options to make it easy and more affordable

By Wallace Health I Medically reviewed by Adrian Roberts.
Page last reviewed: October 2018 I Next review due: October 2021

Back surgery: what to expect at Spire Alexandra

At Spire Alexandra, our orthopaedic (bone and muscle) consultants and neurosurgeons have wide experience in performing back surgery in our clean and modern facilities. They’ll offer you a treatment and recovery plan that’s personalised to you, to relieve your symptoms and help you get back to your everyday activities. We have expert nurses and physiotherapists who’ll provide you with the aftercare you need to make a full recovery.

How much does Back surgery (spinal surgery) cost at Spire Alexandra Hospital

It’s common to have this type of surgery done privately, and our inclusive prices and access to payment plans make it easy and more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.​

Back surgery (slipped disc) lower back Fees
Initial consultation £200
Treatment £7,615
Aftercare Included
Guide price £7,815
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£211
Representative example
Loan amount £6,615
Deposit £1,000
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £7,596
Back surgery (trapped nerve release) Fees
Initial consultation £200
Treatment £6,280
Aftercare Included
Guide price £6,480
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£253
Representative example
Loan amount £5,530
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £6,072

The guide price displayed shows what most patients who pay for their own treatment should expect to pay for treatment. The price may vary depending on Consultant, type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and may also vary due to your medical history.

Spire Alexandra Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises. Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

Procedures offered for back surgery at Spire Alexandra

At Spire Alexandra, our consultants are highly skilled at performing back surgery for a variety of conditions. Your consultant will be able to recommend the best type of surgery for your needs. This may include one or more of the following:

  • Discectomy – to remove part of a slipped disc and relieve associated symptoms
  • Laminectomy – to remove part of a vertebra to relieve pressure on the spinal cord
  • Spinal fusion – to strengthen your back

We’re able to offer surgical techniques and innovations that have been designed to improve outcomes. This includes minimally invasive discectomy, which uses smaller incisions than traditional techniques, resulting in faster recovery.

At Spire Alexandra, we have high-quality facilities, including two operating theatres with laminar flow. These theatres regulate air flow to reduce the risk of infection.

Preparing for back surgery at Spire Alexandra

Getting here

You'll find us approximately eight miles from Maidstone and five miles from Chatham. The nearest railway station is Chatham, a 10 minute taxi journey away. We have free parking available for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

During your consultations, you’ll meet one of our expert consultants who’ll:

  • Discuss your medical history
  • Recommend tests and scans if required, such as an X-ray, an MRI or a CT scan, so they can look at your back in more detail
  • Discuss which type of surgery you’ll need for your condition and what it’ll involve
  • Explain about the general anaesthetic and how it may affect you

Your appointments will take place in one of our 13 consultation rooms which are all accessible making things easier for you if you have difficulty walking. These consultations give you an opportunity to ask questions and get advice about what’s best for you. Once you’ve decided to go ahead with back surgery, your consultant will help you prepare and explain your recovery plan.

Back (spinal fusion) surgery

Watch how back surgery takes place

Back surgery: your procedure

During your time with us you’ll stay in one of our 25 large, bright, private rooms. We expect you to be here for between one and four days, dependent on what type of procedure you undergo.

For your own comfort and that of your visitors, at Spire Alexandra, we have a restaurant and a waiting room which they can use while you're undergoing your operation.

For your procedure you’ll be given a general anaesthetic, so you’ll be asleep for the operation.

Q & A

Alwyn Jones, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Talking about back surgery

Back surgery: your recovery

Following your surgery, you’ll begin your recovery in one of our private rooms, all of which contain:

  • TV
  • En-suite
  • Window
  • Armchair
  • Wardrobe

You may feel discomfort following your procedure, but your nursing team will make sure you have pain relief medication to help manage this. They’ll also be able to advise you on over-the-counter pain relief you can use while at home.

Physiotherapy also plays an important role in your recovery so we have a dedicated physiotherapy team who can provide you with tailored exercises to help you get the most from your operation.

Although everybody’s different and you should always follow your consultant’s advice, here’s a typical recovery timeline for back surgery:

1-4 days

Leave hospital

2-6 weeks

Able to drive

4-6 weeks

Return to light work

Up to 12 weeks

Return to manual labour work

2-3 months

Return to your usual activities

  • 1-4 days


    Leave hospital

  • 2-6 weeks


    Able to drive

  • 4-6 weeks


    Return to light work

  • Up to 12 weeks


    Return to manual labour work

  • 2-3 months


    Return to your usual activities

How to get to us

You'll find us approximately eight miles from Maidstone and five miles from Chatham. London Gatwick Airport is approximately 45 miles away.

We offer services to patients throughout the South East of England and Kent, particularly Medway and the surrounding areas including Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham, Sittingbourne, Sheppey and Maidstone.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Alexandra Hospital,

Impton Lane
Walderslade
Chatham
Kent
ME5 9PG

Main Switchboard:  01634 687166

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  01634 662866

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

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Sources

  • https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/slipped-disc/#surgery
  • https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/back-care/back-surgery
  • https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng59
  • https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/minimally-invasive-spine-surgery/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5089132/
  • https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/patient-care/recovering-from-surgery/discectomy/
  • https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ipg341/resources/replacing-worn-spinal-discs-in-the-neck-with-artificial-discs-pdf-314426413
  • https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/back-care/back-surgery
  • https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng59
  • https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/minimally-invasive-spine-surgery/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5089132/
  • https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/patient-care/recovering-from-surgery/discectomy/
  • https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ipg341/resources/replacing-worn-spinal-discs-in-the-neck-with-artificial-discs-pdf-314426413