Back surgery (spinal surgery) at Spire Methley Park Hospital

Treatment to relieve pain from compressed nerves in your spine.

At Spire Methley Park 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

The procedure(s) listed above are examples only and may not be available at all Spire hospitals.


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
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • 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 Methley Park Hospital

At Spire Methley Park Hospital, we have a choice of expert 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 Methley Park Hospital

Back surgery (slipped disc) lower back Fees
Initial consultation From £225
Treatment £7,500
Aftercare Included
Guide price £7,725
Monthly treatment price

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

£208
Representative example
Loan amount £6,500
Deposit £1,000
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £7,488
Back surgery (trapped nerve release) Fees
Initial consultation From £225
Treatment £7,030
Aftercare Included
Guide price £7,255
Monthly treatment price

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

£288
Representative example
Loan amount £6,280
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £6,912
Back surgery (slipped disc) lower back and facet joints Fees
Initial consultation From £225
Treatment £8,180
Aftercare Included
Guide price £8,405
Monthly treatment price

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

£229
Representative example
Loan amount £7,180
Deposit £1,000
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £8,244

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 Methley Park 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 Methley Park Hospital

At Spire Methley Park Hospital, 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, intended to improve recovery time
  • Synthetic bone substitutes for spinal fusion so there’s no need to remove and use bone from elsewhere in your body

At Spire Methley Park Hospital, we have high-quality facilities, including two operating theatres with laminar flow. These theatres regulate air flow to reduce the risk of infection.

Preparing for back surgery at Spire Methley Park Hospital

Getting here

We're on Methley Lane (the A639) - approximately 1.5 miles from junction 30 of the M62. The hospital is well served by rail stations with Castleford station 3 miles away, Wakefield 7 miles away and Leeds station 10 miles away. 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
  • Outline the risks and benefits of surgery
  • Explain about the general anaesthetic and how it may affect you

All of your consultations will take place in one of our 10 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

Prior to coming in for surgery, you'll be required to attend the hospital for a pre-operative assessment. This will involve undergoing various pre-procedure checks, including blood pressure and heart rate.

When you come in for your operation, you’ll be with us for one to four days. You’ll stay in one of our 35 large, bright, private en-suite rooms, which has a locked space for your belongings 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 operation.

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

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 private rooms have:

  • TV
  • En-suite
  • Armchair

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 blood clots.

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.

How to get to us

We're on Methley Lane (the A639) - approximately 1.5 miles from junction 30 of the M62.

The hospital is well served by rail stations with Castleford station three miles away, Wakefield seven miles away and Leeds station 10 miles away.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Methley Park Hospital,

Methley Lane,
Methley,
Leeds,
LS26 9HG

Main Switchboard:  01977 518518

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  01977 664245

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Important information about Covid-19 tests

Spire Methley Park Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.

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