Back surgery (spinal surgery) at Spire London East Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £6,200

At Spire London East 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?

  • You can usually see a consultant within a few days of enquiry
  • Expert, personalised treatments
  • Flexible payment options to help you spread the cost

Back surgery: what to expect at Spire London East

At Spire London East, 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 London East Hospital

A back surgery procedure is available from £6,200.

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.​

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.

You can trust Spire London East Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price1 so there are no surprises. Finance options are available through our chosen partner2.

1Important: 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 Spire Healthcare Limited is acting as a credit broker to Zebra Health Finance Limited. Company No. 09406708. Registered at 1 Worsley Court, High Street, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3NJ. www.zebrahealthfinance.com Zebra Health Finance Limited is a appointed representative of Chrysalis Finance Limited and Shawbrook Bank Limited is the lender. Spire Healthcare Ltd does not receive payment for arranging credit. All parties named here are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Credit acceptance is subject to application and status. Terms and conditions apply.

Procedures offered for back surgery at Spire London East

At Spire London East, we have a number of highly experienced consultants who offer treatment for a variety of conditions. Common back surgery procedures are:

  • Discectomy – where part of a slipped disc is removed to relieve associated symptoms
  • Laminectomy – where part of a vertebra is removed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord
  • Spinal fusion – used 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
  • Interspinous distraction can be 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

We’re proud of our world-class clinical facilities at Spire London East, such as three operating theatres with laminar flow. These theatres regulate air flow, thereby reducing the likelihood of infection.

Preparing for back surgery at Spire London East

Getting here

We're located just a couple of miles from the M11 and only 20 minutes on the Central line tube to the city of London via Redbridge station. We have free on-site parking available for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

Your initial consultation will take place in one of our 20 accessible consultation 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

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 42 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 London East, we have 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

You’ll start your recovery back in your private room, which has:

  • TV
  • Window
  • Armchair
  • WiFi

After your operation, 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

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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