Your back problems can include spinal stenosis, herniated discs, thinning or degenerative discs, pinched nerves, bone spurs, sciatica and conditions like spinal arthritis. Treatment options for surgeries for spinal conditions and injuries will depend on the type of injury, the degree of severity, and options available for such injuries or disease processes. Some of the most common include:
- Spinal Fusion – joins two vertebrae together, which helps to reduce or eliminate movement or motion between vertebrae
- Lumbar Disc Replacement – replaces an injured or diseased disk in the lower back region
- Cervical Disc Replacement – replaces an injured or diseased disk in the neck region
- Laminaplasty – procedure that relieves compression of the spinal cord in the neck area of the spine
- Laminectomy – involves removing of the laminal (top or roof of a vertebrae) from the spinal column to allow more room for the spinal cord and nerves
- Laminotomy – involves trimming or removing some of the laminal from the spinal column
Most spine surgeries these days are done through endoscopy or laparoscopic surgical methods, which means they’re minimally invasive. Minimally invasive spine surgical procedures also offer treatments for microsurgical treatment of herniated discs, lumber spinal stenosis, spinal fusion, scoliosis, compression fractures, osteoporosis, and in the treatment of spinal tumors, vertebral fractures.
In the United States, removal or repair of herniated discs may cost between $6,000 and $8,000, while vertebral fusion treatments may range anywhere between $15,000 and $17,000. In the United States, spinal procedures may cost up to $80,000.