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Back surgery (spinal surgery) at Spire Leeds Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £6,285

At Spire Leeds 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 hours

  • 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 treatment when you need it
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Clear, inclusive pricing
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Back surgery: what to expect at Spire Leeds

At Spire Leeds, 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 many 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 Leeds Hospital

A back surgery procedure is available from £6,285.

People often choose 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.

You can trust Spire Leeds Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price (1) so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner (2) you can even be considered for interest free finance.
(1) Important: 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. (2) Zebra Finance Ltd trading as Zebra Health Finance , Lincoln House, Stephensons Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6LY. 

Procedures offered for back surgery at Spire Leeds

At Spire Leeds, 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 remove pressure, strengthen and stabilise your back with screws and rods

We’re able to offer surgical techniques and innovations that have been designed to improve outcomes. 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. There are several minimally invasive procedures offered by our consultants. They’ll discuss this with you if it's appropriate for your condition.

Synthetic bone substitutes are also available which means your consultant doesn’t need to remove bone from elsewhere in your body to fuse your vertebrae – this is only occasionally offered where appropriate.

At Spire Leeds, we have clean, modern facilities, including three operating theatres with laminar flow. These theatres regulate air flow to reduce the risk of infection.

Preparing for back surgery at Spire Leeds

Getting here

Spire Leeds Hospital is situated just off Leeds' main A6120 ring road, approximately three miles from Leeds city centre. The hospital is accessible via public transport (bus) or we're 15 minutes by car from the city centre and the mainline railway station. We have free on-site parking 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 17 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 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 typically be with us for between one to four days. You’ll stay in one of our large, private en-suite ward bedrooms, which has a wardrobe for your belongings and TV, radio and WiFi.

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

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.

Back surgery: your recovery

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

  • TV
  • Window
  • Armchair
  • WiFi
  • Wardrobe

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

Your consultant may also recommend a programme of post-operative physiotherapy and rehabilitation at Spire Leeds to aid your recovery.

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

Treatment and recovery timeline

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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

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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