Back surgery (spinal surgery) at Spire Bristol Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £7,410

At Spire Bristol Hospital, our highly skilled consultants perform back surgery to remove or repair damage to your spine using trusted and clinically proven techniques and innovations

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?

  • Fast access to a wide range of treatments
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Clear, inclusive pricing
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

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 Bristol

At Spire Bristol, we have a choice of expert orthopaedic (bone and muscle) consultants and neurosurgeons who perform back surgery to help you return to your everyday activities as quickly as possible. They’ll provide you with a treatment and recovery plan that’s personalised to you and your needs. Our dedicated nurses and physiotherapists will provide expert aftercare to help you get the most from your operation.

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

It’s common for this treatment to be done privately, and with our inclusive prices and access to payment plans you’ll find it easier and more affordable, whether or not you have medical insurance.

Back surgery (slipped disc) lower back Fees
Initial consultation £250
Treatment £7,160
Aftercare Included
Guide price £7,410
Monthly treatment price

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

£205
Representative example
Loan amount £6,410
Deposit £750
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £7,380

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 Bristol 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 Bristol

At Spire Bristol, 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. These include:

  • If your consultant thinks it’s right for you, they may perform a minimally invasive back surgery – this usually means a faster recovery time while still achieving the same outcomes
  • Synthetic bone substitutes are available which means your consultant doesn’t need to remove bone from elsewhere in your body to fuse your vertebrae

At Spire Bristol, we have high-quality facilities, including five operating theatres, four of which have laminar flow that regulates air flow to reduce the risk of infection.

Preparing for back surgery at Spire Bristol

Getting here

Spire Bristol can be easily accessed by either the M4 or M5 motorways, or by Temple Meads or Parkway train stations. We have free parking on-site 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

All of your consultations will take place in one of our 26 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

When you come in for your operation, you’ll be with us for between one to four days. You’ll stay in one of our 74 large, bright, private en-suite rooms, which has a locked space for your things and entertainment to keep you occupied as you start your recovery.

If you’ve come with a friend or family member, they’re welcome to wait in your private room while you have your surgery.

Here’s what will happen on the day of your back surgery:

  • You’ll meet your surgery team and anaesthetist
  • Your anaesthetist will administer the general anaesthetic, which will send you to sleep for the operation
  • Once it’s taken effect, your surgeon begin your operation

Q & A

Alwyn Jones, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Talking about back surgery

Back surgery: your recovery

You’ll start your recovery back in your private room. All of our rooms have:

  • TV
  • Window
  • Visitor chair
  • Locker/bedside table
  • Over-bed table
  • En-suite
  • Wardrobe and coat hook
  • WiFi access

After surgery, you’ll probably feel some pain or discomfort – this is normal after surgery. Our nursing team will give you painkillers to help you with this and may provide medications to prevent infection and reduce the risk of clotting.

One of our physiotherapists will help get you moving again and provide you with some exercises you can do throughout your recovery to help you get the best possible outcome.

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

Based in scenic surroundings at the foot of Durdham Down, we can be easily accessed by either the M4 or M5 motorways, or by Temple Meads or Parkway train stations.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Bristol Hospital,

The Glen
Redland Hill
Durdham Down
Bristol
BS6 6UT

Main SwitchBoard:  0117 980 4000

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  0117 980 4080

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