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Spine Surgery in Mexico


Considering Spine Surgery in Mexico? This article will answer your questions about spine surgery cost, surgical techniques, safety, quality of treatment in Mexico.

When Do You Need Spine Surgery

Spine Surgery may treat back pain, pain in legs or sciatica pain caused due to herniated disc. Spine surgery is recommended when non-invasive methods have failed to provide relief from pain.

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Top view of vertebra and disc space

If your local doctor has suggested a spinal surgery procedure too expensive, affordable spine surgery in Mexico is a considerable choice.

How Much Does Spine Surgery Cost in Mexico?

The cost of spine surgery in Mexico is almost 40-70% lower as compared to the US and UK. Herniated disc cost in Mexico starts from USD 8,500 while the cost of dynamic stabilization ranges from USD 16,000 to USD 24,000 depending upon the severity.

The approximate cost of spinal fusion in Mexico is USD 17,500 while in the USA it is USD 1,10,000.

Spine Surgery Type Mexico Cost (USD)
Spinal Fusion $15,500 – $17,500
Herniated Disc surgery $8,500 – $9,500
Cervical Disc Replacement $11,00 – $12,750
Lumbar Disc Replacement $15,500 – $17,500
Laminectomy $7,000 – $8,000
ACDF $20,000 – $30,000
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Surgery $14,000 – $16,000
Interspinous/interlaminar implant $12,500 – $14,000
Microendoscopic Discectomy $12,000 – $14,000
Kyphoplasty $19,000 – $20,000

Spinal Fusion

Spinal Fusion relieves pain by eliminating motion in the problem segment of the spine. It may be recommended as a treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease, Scoliosis, Kyphosis, spinal fractures, and spondylosis.

Lumbar Spinal Fusion

In Mexico, the cost of Spinal Fusion in the lumbar region averages to $17,500. The cost depends on the number of levels that need the surgery and on the patient’s case. In cases where other procedures are done along with fusion, the cost may be higher.

Cervical Spinal Fusion

ACDF (Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion) is a fusion procedure done in the cervical region. It may relieve pain due to degenerative or herniated/bulging disc in the neck.

ACDF in Mexico may cost $20,000 – $30,000. To get an accurate estimate of the cost, you can email your medical reports to your case manager.

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Lumbar Spinal Fusion post-surgery xray Cervical Spinal Fusion post-surgery xray

Herniated Disc Surgery

Discectomy

Discectomy is a common surgery to treat pain caused due to herniated disc in the lower back. A herniated disc may cause back or leg pain when the disc presses a spinal nerve. A discectomy removes the herniated disc and as a result, reduces pressure on the nerve.

The cost of Discectomy in Mexico is $8,500 – $9,500.

Microendoscopic Discectomy

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This is a “minimally invasive” discectomy. Here the surgeon makes a few small incisions instead of one large incision. They may insert special instruments through these incisions to see and operate on the spine.

The average cost of Microendoscopic Discectomy in Mexico is $12,500 – $13,500. The cost may vary from case to case basis and the patient’s preferences.

Disc Replacement

Artificial Disc replacement provides relief from pain due to damaged disc material. Here an artificial disc replaces the damaged disc material. It may be advantageous over spinal fusion because it can relieve pain without limiting motion in the spine.

In Mexico, the cost of Disk Replacement is $12,750 to $17,750. Cervical disc replacement may cost $12,750, and lumbar disc replacement may cost $17,750.

Laminectomy

spinal fusion may be done with laminectomy
In some cases, Laminectomy may be needed during spinal fusion surgery

Laminectomy is a decompression procedure done to increase the area around the spinal nerve. It is basically the removal of the lamina (a small bone in the back of vertebra). As a result, it releases the pressure on a spinal nerve.

The cost of Laminectomy in Mexico is $8,500. It may be done alone or along with another procedure like spinal fusion and discectomy.

Kyphoplasty & Vertebroplasty

Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty surgery is done to stop pain due to a fractured spine. Depending on your situation kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty surgery may cost you $18,000 – $20,000.

Ozone Discolysis

Ozone Discolysis is a non-invasive method to treat herniated disc with ozone and oxygen gas. Although some patients have reported relief from pain after Ozone Discolysis, the treatment is not yet approved and less known.

Watch our partner spine surgeon in Tijuana Mexico talk about this treatment.

Where to Get Spine Surgery in Mexico?


Spine Surgery in Mexico

Tijuana

Tijuana is home to Mexico’s largest certified hospital best orthopedic and spine surgeons. Our partner hospital has been providing quality health care for more than 10 years.

Why Tijuana?

  • Spine surgeon is affiliated to American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and other recognized organizations of the like.
  • Specializes in minimally invasive spine surgeries and spinal implant procedures.
  • Tijuana is just 20 miles from San Diego, California.
  • You can save up to 70% on US spine surgery costs.

Mexicali

Mexicali is the neghbor city of Calexico, California and is culturally similar to America. Our associate hospital in Mexicali has been in business for 17 years and is licensed under the Mexican Department of Health.

Why Mexicali?

  • Mexicali is just a 16-minute-drive from Calexico, CA, which means you can have affordable spine surgery without having to travel too far.
  • Our partner Neuro and Spine Surgeon in Mexicali, Mexico is is associated with the American Association of Neurological surgery.
  • Spine surgon specializes in Lumbar Spine Surgery, Cervical Spine Surgery, and Total Disc Replacement.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a coastal city in Mexico’s Jalisco state.

Why Puerto Vallarta?

  • Our partner spine surgeon in Puerto Vallarta is trained from Germany and USA.
  • They are a member of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and other key medical associations abroad.

Journey of Spine Surgery in Mexico

Feeling anxious about your surgery in Mexico? Our case managers will be there to help you through your journey of getting spine surgery in Mexico. Here’s a brief of how things proceed when you contact us –

Step 1: Explain What You Need

Tell us which spine surgery do you need in Mexico and what are your expectations or concerns via our quote form. A dedicated Case Manager (CM) will call or email you within 24 hours.

Step 2: Send Medical Records

Depending on your requirement, your CM will share with you a medical questionnaire to fill. Also, they will request you to send your medical records (Xrays and MRIs).

These reports will be forwarded to your spine surgeon in Mexico, who will analyze them and prepare a treatment plan. Your CM will then send you a cost estimate of the surgery.

Step 3: Medical Trip Planning

Once you approve the treatment, we will send you a travel itinerary from day 1 to last day.

This will include what to expect pre and post-surgery, any medical notes given by the spine surgeon, suggested hotels, and payment options.

Step 4: Arrival in Mexico

  1. Pick-up from the nearest airport.
  2. Spine surgery pre-op consultation and tests.
  3. Over-night stay (as needed).
  4. Surgery day
  5. Post-surgery hospital stay of 1 – 2 days and recovery.
  6. Hotel stay for 4 – 7 days.

Step 5: Departure and Recovery Back Home

After approval from your spine surgeon, you can travel back. Recovery from spine surgery may take 4 to 6 months. Your surgeon will give you instructions for an uneventful healing and recovery.

If you have any questions or complications after you reach home, you can reach out to your case manager.

FAQs

Is Mexico safe for spine surgery?

A major surgery like spine surgery always involves a certain risk. We partner with certified hospitals and experienced spine surgeons in Mexico that can be counted on for a successful spine surgery.

Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) available in Mexico?

Yes. Our partner spine surgery hospitals and surgeons in Mexico provide the following Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries for herniated disc:

  1. Microendoscopic Discectomy
  2. Unilateral Biportal Endoscopic Spine Surgery (UBESS)
  3. Dynamic Stabilization (Wellex Implant)
  4. Bi-portal Endoscopic Spinal Surgery Technique (BESST)

What documents do I need for spine surgery in Mexico?

  1. Medical reports (Xrays and MRIs) and list of prescription medicines (if any), records of any previous surgeries, .
  2. Passport
  3. Local currency (Mexican Peso), traveler checks, credit or debit cards.

Refrences:

  1. https://www.spineuniverse.com/treatments/surgery
  2. https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/spinal-fusion/
  3. https://mayfieldclinic.com/pe-acdf.htm
  4. https://www.mayfieldclinic.com/pe-lumdiscectomy.htm
  5. https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/artificial-disk-replacement-in-the-lumbar-spine/
  6. https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hw218424
  7. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000313.htm
  8. https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/news/20090309/ozone-may-help-herniated-disc-pain
  9. post-surgery xray




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