Back surgery (spinal surgery) at Spire Bushey Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £7,433

At Spire Bushey Hospital, we offer trusted and clinically proven techniques in our clean and modern facilities to repair damage to your back and help you enjoy your usual activities again.

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 diagnostic tests and scans
  • Specialist in a wide range of treatments
  • Transparent 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 Bushey

At Spire Bushey, our orthopaedic (bone and muscle) consultants and neurosurgeons have wide experience in performing back surgery in our clean and contemporary 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. Our dedicated nurses and physiotherapists will provide you with expert aftercare to help you get the most from your operation.

How much does Back surgery (spinal surgery) cost at Spire Bushey 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 and facet joints Fees
Initial consultation £270
Treatment £7,163
Aftercare Included
Guide price £7,433
Monthly treatment price

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

£205
Representative example
Loan amount £6,413
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 Bushey 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 Bushey

At Spire Bushey, we offer trusted and clinically proven surgical techniques for a variety of conditions. Your consultant will be able to recommend which type of surgery is best for you. This may include one or more of the following:

  • Discectomy – used to treat a slipped disc by removing the part of the disc pressing on the nerve
  • Laminectomy – used to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves by removing part of the vertebra that’s pressing on them
  • Spinal fusion – used to reconstruct your back when there’s instability or deformity

We’re able to offer surgical techniques and innovations that have been designed to improve outcomes. These include:

  • Minimally invasive fusion surgery, which uses smaller incisions than traditional techniques, with less muscle damage resulting in faster recovery
  • Interspinous distraction, which is occasionally used for lumbar spinal stenosis, where a device is implanted between two vertebrae to relieve a trapped or compressed nerve
  • Synthetic bone substitutes are available which means your consultant doesn’t need to remove bone from elsewhere in your body to fuse your vertebrae

Our facilities offer five operating theatres, three with laminar flow which regulates air flow to reduce the risk of infection.

Preparing for back surgery at Spire Bushey

Getting here

Spire Bushey Hospital and Spire Bushey Diagnostic Centre are situated within easy access to the M1/M25 motorways, underground and overground train stations. We have free parking on both sites for you and your visitors.

Your consultations                 

Your initial consultation will take place at Spire Bushey Diagnostic Centre which offers the latest facilities and diagnostics. All of our rooms are accessible, making things easier if you have difficulty walking.

During your consultations, we’ll:

  • Ask about your medical history
  • Say whether you need an X-ray, and/or an MRI or CT scan so your consultant can examine your back in more detail if you haven’t been diagnosed yet
  • Tell you about the particular surgical method your consultant recommends and what it'll involve
  • Explain about the general anaesthetic and how it may affect you
  • Give you a chance to ask any questions you have about your surgery

Once you’ve decided to go ahead with back surgery, your consultant and your physiotherapist will 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 one to four days. You’ll stay in one of our 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.

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 will begin the procedure

Q & A

Alwyn Jones, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Talking about back surgery

Back surgery: your recovery

After surgery, you can begin your recovery in your own private room.

It’s normal to feel some pain or discomfort after back surgery, so to make your recovery easier, you’ll be given:

  • Medications to help you manage pain, prevent infection and reduce the risk of clotting
  • Sessions with one of our physiotherapists, who'll give you an exercise plan to help you get active again, plus a guide to how long your recovery will take

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

Spire Bushey Hospital is situated within easy access of the M1 and M25 motorways. We are only 15 miles from London, 45 minutes drive from Luton airport and around five miles from Watford town centre, with its fast and regular train services to the capital.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Bushey Hospital,

Heathbourne Road
Bushey
Hertfordshire
WD23 1RD

Main Switchboard:  020 8950 9090

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  020 8901 5505

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