Back surgery (spinal surgery) at Spire Washington Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £6,590

At Spire Washington 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
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Clear, inclusive pricing
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Back surgery: what to expect at Spire Washington

At Spire Washington, 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. 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 Washington 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 Fees
Initial consultation £250
Treatment £7,290
Aftercare Included
Guide price £7,540
Monthly treatment price

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

£209
Representative example
Loan amount £6,540
Deposit £750
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £7,524
Back surgery (trapped nerve release) Fees
Initial consultation £250
Treatment £6,340
Aftercare Included
Guide price £6,590
Monthly treatment price

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

£179
Representative example
Loan amount £5,590
Deposit £750
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £6,444
Back surgery (slipped disc) lower back and facet joints Fees
Initial consultation £250
Treatment £6,740
Aftercare Included
Guide price £6,990
Monthly treatment price

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

£192
Representative example
Loan amount £5,990
Deposit £750
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £6,912

Spire Washington 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 Washington

At Spire Washington, 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 a damaged or worn disc
  • Laminectomy – used to relieve pressure on the spinal cord by removing part of a protruding or fractured vertebra
  • Spinal fusion – used to strengthen your back when you have wear and tear or damage

We also have three laminar flow operating theatres that regulate air flow to minimise the risk of infection.

Preparing for back surgery at Spire Washington

Getting here

The hospital is within easy reach of the A1(M), close to Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland. Public transport options are available. We also have free parking.

Your consultations

Your initial consultation will take place in one of our 10 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 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 35 large, bright, private en-suite rooms, which has:

  • A TV
  • An armchair
  • A wardrobe and locker
  • An en-suite

If you’ve come with a friend or family member, they’re welcome to wait in your 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
  • 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 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:

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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