Back surgery (spinal surgery) at Spire Hartswood Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £7,595

At Spire Hartswood Hospital, our highly skilled consultants use 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
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Clear pricing with no hidden charges

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 Hartswood

At Spire Hartswood, 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 Hartswood 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 (trapped nerve release) Fees
Initial consultation £250
Treatment £7,345
Aftercare Included
Guide price £7,595
Monthly treatment price

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

£302
Representative example
Loan amount £6,595
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £7,248
Back surgery (slipped disc) lower back and facet joints Fees
Initial consultation £250
Treatment £7,395
Aftercare Included
Guide price £7,645
Monthly treatment price

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

£305
Representative example
Loan amount £6,645
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £7,320

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 Hartswood 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 Hartswood

At Spire Hartswood, 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:

  • Minimally invasive discectomy, which uses smaller incisions than traditional techniques, resulting in faster recovery
  • Two laminar flow operating theatres which regulate air flow to minimise the risk of infection.

Preparing for back surgery at Spire Hartswood

Getting here

At Spire Hartswood, we’re very easy to reach from the A12, A13 and M11, based just 25 miles from London Stansted Airport and 20 miles from central London. We have free parking on-site for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

Your initial consultation will take place in one of our 15 accessible private rooms, so don’t worry 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 38 bright, private en-suite rooms, which has a locked space for your things.

If you’ve come with a friend or family member, they’re welcome to wait in our reception lounge which has a TV.

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 your operation

Q & A

Alwyn Jones, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Talking about back surgery

Back surgery: your recovery

After surgery, you can begin your recovery in your private room. All of our rooms have:

  • A wall-mounted TV
  • WiFi access
  • An en-suite bathroom
  • Comfortable chairs for your visitors - two per 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 Hartswood Hospital is based in quiet and peaceful grounds, just two miles from the M25 motorway and easily accessible from other major roads like the M11, A12 and A13. It is 25 miles from London Stansted Airport and 20 miles from central London.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Hartswood Hospital,

Eagle Way
Brentwood
Essex
CM13 3LE

Main Switchboard:  01277 232525

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  01277 266761

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
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  • 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