Back surgery (spinal surgery) at Spire Wellesley Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £7,510

Our experienced consultants at Spire Wellesley Hospital use trusted and clinically proven back surgery techniques to repair wear and tear or damage to your spine.

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
  • 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 Wellesley

At Spire Wellesley, 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 Wellesley Hospital

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.​

Back surgery (slipped disc) lower back Fees
Initial consultation £200
Treatment £7,350
Aftercare Included
Guide price £7,550
Monthly treatment price

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

£302
Representative example
Loan amount £6,600
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £7,248
Back surgery (trapped nerve release) Fees
Initial consultation £200
Treatment £8,385
Aftercare Included
Guide price £8,585
Monthly treatment price

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

£236
Representative example
Loan amount £7,385
Deposit £1,000
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £8,496
Back surgery (slipped disc) lower back and facet joints Fees
Initial consultation £200
Treatment £7,310
Aftercare Included
Guide price £7,510
Monthly treatment price

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

£301
Representative example
Loan amount £6,560
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £7,224

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 Wellesley 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 Wellesley

At Spire Wellesley, 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’re able to offer surgical techniques and innovations that have been designed to improve outcomes. This includes synthetic bone substitutes for spinal fusion so there’s no need to remove and use bone from elsewhere in your body

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

Preparing for back surgery at Spire Wellesley

Getting here

Spire Wellesley Hospital is a couple of miles from Southend town centre, just off the A127. We’re a short taxi ride from Southend train station, which has a fast and regular connection to London Liverpool Street. We have free on-site parking available 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

Your appointments will take place in one of our 16 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

On the day of your procedure, you’ll meet your healthcare team, including your anaesthetist and your consultant again. You’ll be shown to one of our 37 large, bright, private rooms. You’ll be with us for one to four days, depending on the type of surgery you have.

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

Before surgery, you’ll be given a general anaesthetic, so you’ll be unconscious throughout the procedure. Once it’s taken effect, your consultant will begin your surgery.

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 our rooms have:

  • TV
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Armchair
  • Safe

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

Southend is only 20 miles from the M25 and Spire Wellesley Hospital is a couple of miles from the town centre, just off the A127. We are a short taxi ride from the train station, which has a fast and regular connection to London Liverpool Street.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Wellesley Hospital,

Eastern Avenue
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS2 4XH

Main Switchboard:  01702 462944

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  01702 447926

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