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Laminectomy Surgery Costs in Mexico, India, Korea & Spain

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Korea [JCI Accredited Hospitals]

Despite many medical breakthroughs, back pain has been a common problem through the centuries with no simple solutions. Back pain results in more lost work productivity than any other medical condition. It is the second leading cause of missed workdays (behind the common cold).

Laminectomy Surgery

Laminectomy (spine decompression) is a surgical procedure performed to remove pressure on the spinal cord or nerve root(s). The term laminectomy comes from the Latin words lamina (bony roof of the spinal canal) and ectomy (removal). A laminectomy may be performed in different regions of the spine, cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), and lumbar (low back).

The most common reason that calls for a laminectomy surgery is a herniated disk. A disk acts as a shock absorber for our spine. When the disk presses on the spinal nerves, this causes pain, and sometimes numbness or weakness. If the herniated disc is in the lumbar region, this can cause sharp and continuing back pain, a weakening of the muscles in the leg, and some loss of sensation in the leg and foot.

A herniated disk can cause varying degrees of pain. The most serious problem is cauda equina syndrome, compression at the point where roots of all the spinal nerves are located.

In addition to the above benefits, laminectomy also helps in removing the sources of spinal cord or nerve root(s) compression such as bone spurs (arthritis), ligament build-up, or tumor.

As a procedure, Laminectomy is not exclusive to a herniated disc. Laminectomy is used for metastatic tumor invasion of the spinal cord (which causes compression), and for narrowing of the spinal cord (a condition called spinal stenosis.)

Laminectomy Surgery — Preparation

Laminectomy is usually performed for back pain that continues after medical treatment, or when the back pain is accompanied by symptoms of nerve damage, such as numbness or weakness in the legs.

Before undergoing the laminectomy surgery most hospitals require patients to have the following tests: a complete physical check-up; complete blood count (CBC); an electrocardiogram (EKG); urine test; and tests that measure the speed of blood clotting.

Patients are advised to consult with their surgeon if they are regular consumers of blood-thinning medications, NSAIDs, or Insulin. Some examples that come under these categories are: Coumadin (Warfarin), Plavix (Clopidogrel) and Aspirin; Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) such as Motrin (Ibuprofen), Aleve (Naproxen), Feldene (Piroxicam); or Insulin. If patient is a smoker, they are asked to stop smoking at least a week before surgery.

Patients are most likely to arrive at the hospital on the morning of the surgery. Be sure to follow all of doctor’s instructions on preparing for surgery. Patients may not eat or drink anything after midnight, the night before surgery, unless otherwise directed by the doctor. However, patients may continue to take routine medications (heart and blood pressure medications), on the morning of surgery with a sip of water.

At the hospital, your temperature, pulse, breathing, and blood pressure will be checked. An IV (intravenous) line may be started to provide fluids and medications needed during surgery.

Laminectomy Surgery Procedure

Laminectomy is usually performed under general anesthetic. The surgery takes 1-3 hours. Patients lose very little blood

Usually patients are placed in a kneeling position to reduce the weight of abdomen on the spine. The surgeon makes a straight incision over the desired vertebrae and down to the lamina, the bony arches of patient’s vertebrae.

Lumbar Vertebrae aminectomy

The doctor removes the ligament joining the vertebrae along with all or part of the lamina. The goal is to see the involved nerve root. The doctor pulls the nerve root back toward the center of the patient’s spinal column and removes the disk or part of the disk. The incision is closed and the patient’s large back muscle now protects the spine or nerve roots.

Laminectomy demands some effort and care immediately after the surgery. Patients are taught the proper method of rolling their body in order to maintain proper body alignment. This is most important for the first 48 hours or so. Physiotherapist gives specific instructions to the patient on how to get out of bed properly in order to avoid stress and strain on the wound site.

Precautions to take after a laminectomy surgery

During recovery, patients will lie on a side or supine (back). There may be pain and patients will usually wear compression stockings to avoid blood-clot formation, a complication that can occur after surgery.

Pain medications will be administered, and oftentimes the surgeon will allow patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) with a pump that enables patients to self-deliver pain medications. Walking is encouraged hours after surgery. In addition, breathing exercises may be performed to avoid loss of air in a lung or pneumonia.

The first few days after surgery may pose problems with sleeping, especially if therapeutic positions are different from normal sleeping positions. Different types of pillow positioning may be helpful (especially under the neck and knees.)

Patients are instructed to keep dressing dry and clean for 7 days after surgery to prevent infection. Patients may take a sponge bath until their sutures are removed; they may shower if they cover the incision with plastic wrap to keep it dry. Staples or sutures may be removed 7-14 days after surgery during first doctor visit.

With regards to body posture and positioning there are many instructions. Patients should not bend or twist of their backs. Sitting in soft chairs or sofas that allow their back to curve is proscribed. Patients are also advised to have frequent short walks, which are much better than long walks. Lifting, housework, yard work is allowed during the 1st month or until allowed by the doctor.

Laminectomy V/S Fusion

A laminectomy involves the trimming or removal of the lamina bone. In Spinal Fusion, the spine is stabilized by fusing together two or more vertebrae, using bone grafts and metal rods and screws.

The most common reason that calls for a laminectomy surgery is a herniated disk — a disk acts as a shock absorber for our spine. Spinal fusion is recommended by a surgeon if a patient is has received injuries to spinal vertebrae, or is having some protrusion and degeneration of the cushioning disk between vertebrae (sometimes called slipped disk or herniated disk).

While both spinal fusion and laminectomy are performed under general anesthesia, the procedure and time taken varies considerably. Laminectomy usually takes 1-3 hours whereas spinal fusion procedure may take from two to 12 hours, depending on how extensive the surgery is and the technique used by surgeon.

In laminectomy, the patient is assisted out of bed after a few hours and walking is encouraged hours after surgery. In spinal fusion, patients can expect to be in the hospital for several days after surgery. Patients will also likely experience considerable pain and discomfort after spinal fusion surgery.

Low Cost laminectomy surgery in India, Mexico and Spain

For some patients suffering from chronic back pain problems in U.S. and U.K. shoulder resurfacing operation is usually beyond reach due to financial circumstances. In such cases, patients can opt to go for laminectomy operation in countries like Mexico, India and Spain.

The cost for laminectomy surgery in these countries comes at a fraction of the costs in U.S. and U.K.

This package includes hospital stay, lab tests, anesthesia, operation theater fees, doctors fees, ride to & from the hospital, ride to & from recovery center, medicines etc.

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