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Treatment of herniated disc (spinal disc herniation) in Germany

 

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Herniated disc (spinal disc herniation) is a spine pathology which occurs mainly in middle-aged people. Intervertebral discs contribute to the spine stability and mobility: they absorb concussions during movements and protect vertebrae from the excessive load. In addition, intervertebral discs preserve normal functioning of the nerves that originate from the spinal cord and are located between the vertebrae.

When a hernia arises, the disc loses its protective and supportive function. Neighbouring vertebrae start suffering from mechanical friction during movements. Intervertebral nerves may also be compressed. The disease manifests itself with pain syndrome or movement disorders. This is one of the most common causes of back pain.

 

The Booking Health portal presents 63 German clinics specializing in herniated disc (spinal disc herniation) treatment

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Diagnostics of Herniated disc (spinal disc herniation)

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is the best diagnostic method in case of herniated disc. CT (computed tomography) and myelography are also used for diagnostics.

 

Best clinics for the herniated disc (spinal disc herniation) diagnostics in Germany:

 

Hospital Neuwerk Moenchengladbach

Hospital Neuwerk Moenchengladbach

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Vitos Orthopedic Clinic Kassel

Vitos Orthopedic Clinic Kassel

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Treatment of Herniated disc (spinal disc herniation)

All treatment methods, except the surgical ones, are aimed at the elimination of the disease symptoms. The following techniques are used:

  • Medicamentous treatment – painkillers and muscle relaxants help to relieve muscle spasm.
  • Massage, manual therapy, physiotherapy, traction (stretching) of the spine and other physical methods are aimed at the decompression (extrication) of the spinal nerve root.
  • Blocks with the local anesthetics and glucocorticoids allow to reduce pain for some time due to the cessation of the impulse passage through the corresponding nerve.
  • Therapeutic exercises, corsets, posture correction, weight loss help to unload the spine and decrease the degree of the nerve roots compression.
  • Laser hernia removal. The evaporation of the protrusion by a laser beam is carried out. This technique is effective only at the stage of protrusion, when nerve roots are not pinched. Therefore, it is rarely used.

It is possible to achieve compensation of a disease in most patients using the conservative treatment methods. Surgery is indicated for other patients. It is carried out in the following cases:

  • Severe pain syndrome
  • Inefficiency of conservative treatment during 6 weeks
  • Cauda equina syndrome
  • Paralysis and disorders of pelvic organ functions

The following types of surgeries are performed:

Microdiscectomy. A fragment of the intervertebral disc is removed together with the herniation. Currently microdiscectomy is considered to be the “gold standard” for surgical treatment of the herniated disc.

Endoscopic nucleotomy. An alternative to microdiscectomy in case of small hernias. This is a high-tech procedure, which is performed endoscopically and does not even require the hospitalization of a patient. It is almost as effective as microdiscectomy, but this technique causes more relapses. The advantage is a low risk of complications compared with the open surgery.

Discectomy with intervertebral disc prosthesis. The intervertebral disc is removed and replaced with an artificial one. This surgery excludes any risk of relapse. Hernia may appear only in another part of the spine in the future. The patient’s mobility is completely preserved after the implantation of the prosthesis.

 

Best clinics for the herniated disc (spinal disc herniation) treatment in Germany:

 

Hospital Neuwerk Moenchengladbach

Hospital Neuwerk Moenchengladbach

Treatment of lumbar herniated disc with endoscopic or microscopic nucleotomy (1 segment)

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Treatment of lumbar herniated disc (2-3 segments) with nucleotomy

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Treatment of lumbar herniated disc (4 segments) with endoscopic or microscopic nucleotomy

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Vitos Orthopedic Clinic Kassel

Vitos Orthopedic Clinic Kassel

Treatment of lumbar herniated disc with endoscopic or microscopic nucleotomy (1 segment)

9016

Treatment of lumbar herniated disc (2-3 segments) with nucleotomy

15109

Treatment of lumbar herniated disc (4 segments) with endoscopic or microscopic nucleotomy

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Rehabilitation after treatment of Herniated disc (spinal disc herniation)

The most modern rehabilitation programs are used in Germany. They are adapted individually for each patient, and are based on the disease stage, age, physical possibilities, and the results of treatment. Different specialists such as: therapists, neurologists, psychologists, rehabilitators, kinesiotherapists, physiotherapists are involved in the rehabilitation process.

The following methods of rehabilitation are used:

  • Dosed physical activity
  • Training on the simulators and in the pool
  • Individual orthoses
  • Physiotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Manual therapy
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Natural factors of the nature (mud, thermal waters, etc.)
  • Individual or group therapy with a psychologist

Rehabilitation may include medicamentous support. It is necessary to hold a consultation with the patient about the proper nutrition and the way of life which is important for him in the current situation.

Rehabilitation programs in Germany are designed for 2 weeks. If necessary, they can last much longer. In this country, the patient is provided with qualitative care, accommodation in comfortable rooms and individually selected meals.

Rehabilitation programs in Germany show one of the best results in the world. Most patients successfully restore their working capacity and excellent health there. They remain physically active, return to the full social and family life.

 

Best clinics for neurological rehabilitation in Germany:

 

Neurological Rehabilitation Clinic Godeshöhe Bonn

Neurological Rehabilitation Clinic Godeshöhe Bonn

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Author: Dr. Nadezhda Ivanisova

 


The cost of services includes

Here you can find the cost of treatment for this disease at the German University Hospitals. Leave a request and we will provide a free consultation with a doctor and will start organizing the whole treatment process.

The program includes the following:

  • Issuing of an invitation for getting a visa for treatment as quick as possible
  • Fixing an appointment at a time convenient for you
  • Preliminary organization of a comprehensive examination and discussion of the forthcoming treatment plan
  • Arranging transfer from the airport to the hospital and back to the airport
  • Provision of interpreting services and services of a personal medical coordinator
  • If necessary, assistance in the organization of further surgical treatment
  • Provision of a medical insurance against treatment complications covering up to 200,000 euro
  • Preparation and translation of medical records and recommendations from the hospital
  • Assistance in the subsequent communication with your attending physician, including consultations on repeated X-ray images through the unique medical document management system E-doc



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