Spinal diseases are very common. It is difficult to find a person who has never experienced back or neck pain. A person often requires neurosurgery in the case of significant injury to the vertebrae or chronic pain, involvement into the pathological process of the spinal cord, etc.
Who needs spinal treatment abroad?
The patients from the countries with poorly developed medicine receive medical treatment abroad, if they want to get the best treatment results with minimal health risks. The modern operations in Israeli and European hospitals provide good spinal functionality after the surgery, the elimination of pain and movement disorders.
The patients with the following diseases often undergo treatment abroad:
- spinal cord tumors;
- consequences of injuries with vertebral fractures;
- spinal disc herniation (bulging discs);
- spinal stenosis;
- intervertebral osteochondrosis;
- facet syndrome (the most common cause of back pain in elderly patients);
- purulent inflammatory processes in the spinal cord;
- spinal curvatures;
- congenital vertebral defects.
Spinal surgery can successfully solve most of the problems. The high-quality operations make it possible to eliminate pain, and at the same time to fully preserve the functionality of the spine and its mobility. Surgery abroad is safe. During the operation, the doctor does not damage the spinal cord or nerves. Therefore, most patients do not develop such complications as the sustained neurological deficiency.
What treatment methods are used abroad?
To treat spinal pain, the doctors mainly use conservative treatment procedures. If they do not eliminate pain, surgery comes to the rescue. A timely performed operation allows the patient to remove pain permanently or for a long time and to restore an active lifestyle.
In degenerative diseases with the hernia formation between the vertebrae, the preference is given to minimally invasive operations. They are performed without large incisions, so the person can quickly recover.
If a total disc removal is required, an intervertebral disc prosthesis is used instead of the traditional spinal fusion (vertebral fusion). Unlike the fusion, this method provides high mobility of the spinal column. The prosthesis simulates its own disk. Like spinal fusion, the replacement guarantees that a hernia will never appear again in this place.
In spinal stenosis, the modern hospitals carry out its microscopic dilatation. Minimally invasive surgery without any significant bone damage is used. After this, both pain and functional disorders in bones disappear, as the spinal canal dilates and no longer presses on the nerves and spinal cord.
Surgery is also used in spinal injuries and inflammatory diseases. The spectrum includes corpectomy (removal of the vertebral bodies), fixing procedures (fusion of mobile vertebrae), as well as osteosynthesis (bone reconstruction).
After treatment, the patient receives drugs to reduce pain. He can undergo rehabilitation in the hospital for the accelerated bone regeneration and recovery of activities. In the developed countries, the rehabilitation procedures are carried out as early as possible. It provides not only an accelerated recovery of the patient, but also the best long-term results of surgical intervention.
Spinal surgery includes interventions on the backbone.
There are open and minimally invasive surgeries.
Cost of lumbar spinal disc herniation starts from €3,079, cervical spinal stenosis – from €3,619. You can find other prices on the Booking Health website.
Surgery reduces pain and improves mobility in patients with spine diseases.
The best hospitals in Europe are:
- University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich
- Hospital Neuwerk Moenchengladbach
- Catholic Clinic Koblenz-Montabaur
- University Hospital Frankfurt-am-Main
- University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Pediatric spinal surgery
In Germany and other developed countries, spinal surgeries in children are carried out for patients from all over the world. The doctors achieve outstanding results in the treatment of congenital or acquired defects of the vertebral column. Thanks to the very latest operations, the children who would otherwise be confined to a wheelchair, are able not only to walk, but also to lead an active lifestyle, do sports.
There are used surgical interventions to treat scoliosis. They allow the patient to align the spine, to secure the bones in the correct position. The innovative technologies are applied as well. Titanium implants are placed in order to support the ribs with adjustable length. There is no need to replace them as the child grows.
Which hospitals can offer treatment?
Thanks to the Booking Health company, you can book your treatment in one of the top hospitals in the world. The very latest advances in spinal surgery are available to you thanks to medical tourism. Here are a few medical facilities where you can undergo treatment:
University Hospital Bergmannsheil, Bochum (Germany). The Department of Neurosurgery and Neurotraumatology uses the neuronavigation systems during the operations. They provide high precision surgery, so they make it even safer for the patient. The hospital is well equipped, for example, it has the fluorescent microscopes for tumor imaging. To diagnose vascular diseases of the spinal cord, doctors use micro-Doppler examinations.
Hospital Neuwerk Maria von den Aposteln, Moenchengladbach (Germany). The Department of Spinal Surgery provides medical care for the patients with spinal hernias, traumatic injuries or degenerative bone diseases. The hospital uses 3D X-ray system for an accurate imaging of spinal segments and bones. The hospital treats patients with scoliosis, osteoporosis, pathological bone fractures, vertebral dislocation and other diseases.
ATOS Clinic, Heidelberg (Germany). The doctors specializing in adult and pediatric spinal surgery are ready to admit you. Both procedures for conservative treatment of spinal pain and surgical interventions are carried out here. The doctors perform microsurgical and endoscopic operations to treat spinal hernias. Disc replacement is used as an alternative to vertebral fusion. It allows to preserve vertebral column mobility. The doctors specialize in the treatment of the effects of spinal injuries and congenital diseases in children and adolescents.
Organization of medical treatment abroad
The Booking Health company can arrange a trip for medical treatment abroad for you. You can use the services of world's best specialists in spinal surgery. We provide the following services and benefits:
- Selection of the hospital, where the doctors specialize in the treatment of a certain group of diseases of the spine or spinal cord.
- Communication with the doctor in the hospital.
- Booking the appointment on the convenient dates for you.
- Preparation of the treatment program based on the previous examinations.
- The cost of treatment program is reduced up to 50%.
- Communication with the hospital after treatment completion.
- Monitoring of the treatment program.
- Control of invoices and return of unspent funds.
- Assistance in buying and forwarding medicines.
- Organization of additional examinations.
The Booking Health company will solve all organizational issues and provide such services as assistance in the preparation of documents, booking hotels and airline tickets, transfer from the airport to the hospital and back.