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Endoscopic Spine Surgery Cost in India


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The cost quoted above is indicative and should not be taken as the final cost of the surgery. The final cost can be ascertained after the surgeon has evaluated the patient. The cost in Indian Rupees can vary based on exchange rate.

Endoscopic Spine Surgery Cost in India starts from US $ 5,200 and varies depending on which area of the spine needs to be treated, your medical history and comorbidities, surgeon, hospital and the city where you choose to get the surgery done.

Factors that affect Endoscopic Spine Surgery Cost in India:

  • Area of the Spine to be treated

    Endoscopic spine surgery can be done to treat cervical/thoracic or lumbar spine. The cost varies with the area that needs to be treated and how complex the procedure will be. It also varies with your health condition and if you have any other medical issues.

  • Spine Surgeon's Fees

    An important expense when it comes to your minimally invasive surgery is going to be your spine surgeon's fees. IndiCure recommends experienced, skilled, board-certified surgeons who are capable of delivering successful spinal fusion surgeries. Although the charges may vary depending on the experience of the surgeon, you can be assured to be in safe hands when you choose spine surgery in India with IndiCure.

  • Use of specialized technology

    The use of any customized surgical instruments or specialized computer technology also affects the cost. With the hopes of improving patient care, new techniques and technologies are often introduced to the surgical process. Such innovative advancements in the surgical approach can increase costs.

  • Surgical Facility

    Having your endoscopic spinal surgery in an accredited surgical facility by skilled and qualified medical staff is a critical factor. Moreover, the geographical location of this facility also affects the quote. But, IndiCure provides you with a projected estimate that will be all inclusive and affordable.

  • Surgery-Related Expenses

    The surgery-related expenses include the pre- and post-surgical expenses. The pre-surgical expenses are associated with the age and medical condition of the patient and thus the number and type of investigations required. Post-surgical expenses may include prescription medications, physical therapy, and follow-up consultations.

We at IndiCure, understand that you travel with a budget in mind and do not like to be greeted by surprises after arrival in India. We thus club all these expenses and give you the package cost that is inclusive and affordable at the same time.

Your case manager shall give you an estimated cost of your surgery after discussing your medical reports with the surgeon. The final cost, however, shall be confirmed after your consultation with the Surgeon.

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Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Endoscopic spine surgery, also known as Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, or Minimal Access Spine Surgery is regarded as ground breaking, since it successfully treats the whole spectrum of spinal disc anomalies with minimal muscle damage and minimal recovery time.

Similar to conventional surgery, the main objective of minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is to stabilize the vertebrae and decompress the pinched nerves in order to reduce pain and eliminate unpleasant symptoms by reducing pressure on the nerves brought on by herniated discs, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, or tumors.

However, minimally invasive spinal surgery provides a quicker, safer, and less painful alternative. The surrounding muscles and other nearby tissues suffer significantly less interventional harm. Additional benefits of minimally invasive methods over traditional spine surgery include:

  • Smaller incisions hence less chances of infection
  • Minimal scarring and pain
  • Reduced blood loss and muscle or tissue damage
  • Faster recovery and reduced rehabilitation time

Conditions that can be treated with Minimally invasive/Endoscopic spine surgery.

The common conditions causing back/neck pain that can be treated by minimally invasive spine surgery includes:

  • Spinal deformities (scoliosis)
  • Spinal infections
  • Spinal instability
  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Spinal Tumors

Who is a Candidate for Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

People who are not responding to non-surgical treatments including painkillers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy, have back pain, numbness, or paralysis in their upper or lower limbs are candidates for minimally invasive spine surgery.

If there are signs of pressure on the spinal cord or the cauda equina, or if there are cases of significant or worsening paralysis, surgery for herniated discs should be considered an emergency.

Types of Endoscopic Spine Surgery

In cases when symptoms have not subsided after six weeks of conservative treatment, such as medication, injections, and physical therapy, surgery is considered as the last option. In order to relieve pressure on the spinal cord, the prolapsed portion of the disc will be removed during surgery.

  1. Endoscopic Discectomy: The most frequent reason for endoscopic spine surgery is lumbar disc herniation. Endoscopic discectomy involves removing the disc's herniated portion. Depending on the location of the herniated disc and the surgeon's preference, it can be performed as either a 1) Trans-foraminal endoscopic discectomy or a 2) Interlaminar endoscopic discectomy.
  2. Endoscopic Spine Decompression: Lumbar spinal stenosis can be decompressed by removing tissue that is pressing on the spinal cord and utilizing a larger endoscope (ligamentum flavum, overgrown fact joints, herniated disc).
  3. Endoscopic Lumbar Fusion: Complete endoscopic discectomy is performed before the lumbar fusion. Under the assistance of a fluoroscope, a tiny tube is used to insert the bone graft and cage into the intervertebral space. Then, tiny skin-piercing holes are used to introduce percutaneous pedicle screws.
  4. Posterior Cervical Endoscopic Discectomy: The posterior microforaminotomy method removes the herniated portion of the cervical disc using a narrower endoscope. This prevents the need for an anterior full discectomy, which calls for a fusion treatment. Endoscopic micro-foraminotomy can only be used to treat lateral herniated discs.
  5. Endoscopic Disc Debridement: A spine endoscope can be used to remove infected discitis brought on by bacteria or tuberculosis. This lessens discomfort and also provides tissue for additional research.

Questions to Ask

We at IndiCure completely understand your concerns and it is always our endeavor to provide the best outcome for every patient. Following is the list of questions you must ask before you embark on your journey for endoscopic spine surgery in India.

  • Is it time for an endoscopic spine surgery?
  • Is the spine surgeon board certified?
  • How experienced is the Surgeon?
  • Which language does the surgeon speak?
  • Is the surgery done in a well-equipped facility?
  • Can you give me any information on outcomes and complication rates?
  • How much pain can I expect, and how will it be managed in the hospital and after I go home?
  • What about the risks involved?
  • Does the surgeon use a certified anesthetist?
  • How long will the recovery period be?

Preparation for the Surgery

Prepare to answer questions about your:

  • Medical history and exams
  • Spinal evaluations
  • MRI and/or CT Scans
  • Current medication review

How is Endoscopic Spine Surgery done?

Medical devices known as tubular retractors are used during MISS fusion and decompression procedures. MISS can reduce soft tissue trauma in a number of ways. These consist of:

  • Procedure with tubular retractor

    This technique distends the soft tissues rather than cuts them, lowering the risk of injuring the muscle.

  • Direct lateral access

    This strategy minimizes pain and muscle stress by doing the surgery from the side.

  • Thoracoscopic access

    This technique, which requires a number of tiny incisions, is employed when a frontal approach is required.

  • Percutaneous screw and rod placements

    are used to support, immobilise, and aid in vertebral fusion with this technique. With the use of guidewires, it is accomplished.

Step 1

The tubular retractor is passed through the skin and soft tissues of the first step and down to the spinal column through a tiny incision. This makes a tunnel to the tiny spot in the spine where the issue is located. The tubular retractor is retained in place during the process and holds the muscles open rather than cutting them.

Step 2

The surgeon inserts tiny instruments through the center of the tubular retractor to gain access to the spine. The retractor is used to insert any fusion-related devices, such as screws or rods, as well as to remove any excised bone or disc material.

Step 3

The tubular retractor is taken out at the end of the process, and the muscles reposition themselves. As a result, the muscular injury that results from open procedures is less common.

What Results Can I Expect from Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

The success rates for minimally invasive spine surgery are very high. The majority of patients notice significant and long-lasting improvement in their back. In up to 90% of patients, it helps to reduce the signs and symptoms of herniated or slipped discs.

What is the Recovery after Endoscopic Spine Surgery like?

Every patient's recovery is different. On the other hand, it is typical to experience discomfort at the site of the operation for the first few days. This pain can be managed with medicine. After a week following surgery, physical rehabilitation would be encouraged to begin. While you could resume your regular activities in approximately two weeks, a full recovery might take many weeks to months. Your medical professional will give you guidance on the rehabilitation process and when to begin strenuous exercises.

Best Spine Surgeons for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in India

Dr. Vikas Gupte

MBBS, MS, Fellowship

24+ Years of Experience

Dr. Vikas Gupte is a well-known Indian spine surgeon who is one of the best in the country in performing Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Spine Surgery. He has over 24 years of experience in this sector and has done numerous successful and complex procedures.

Dr. Hitesh Garg

MBBS, MS, Fellowship

14+ Years of Experience

More than 4000 spine surgeries, including 1500 spinal fusions, 250 deformity correction treatments (Scoliosis and Kyphosis), and 150 lumbar and cervical artificial disc replacements have been performed by Dr Hitesh Garg in his 14 years of career.

Dr. Puneet Girdhar


13+ Years of Experience

Using turn-of-the-century minimally invasive procedures, specializes in the surgical and non-surgical management of spinal problems affecting the neck and back, Dr. Puneet Girdhar is one of the most renowned spine surgeons in India.

Best Spine Surgery Hospitals for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in India

BLK Max Super Speciality Hospital

New Delhi

BL Kapur Memorial Hospital is one of the biggest standalone private hospitals in Delhi, NCR. Established by late Dr. B L Kapur, an eminent Obstetrician, and Gynecologist on invitation by then Prime Minister of India, Mr. Jawahar Lal Nehru. The institute went on to become one of Delhi's premier multi-specialty hospitals.

Fortis Hospital


Fortis Hospital, Mulund is a 300 bedded multispeciality tertiary care facility situated in the centre of the city, offering a range of clinical, diagnostic, and surgical services. The hospital began operations in 2002 and since then has achieved various milestones. The hospital is a JCI and NABH accredited facility and among very few hospitals to have NABH accreditation for Blood bank and NABL for Pathology Laboratory.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS), the standard of care in spine surgery, represents a broad spectrum of techniques, with endoscopic being the least invasive. The MIS microdiscectomy method and endoscopic spine surgery are equally effective at treating painful spinal problems.
  • Endoscopic spine surgery, in contrast to MIS, greatly lessens stress to the patient's muscles and soft tissue, resulting in a quicker recovery. The primary lower back stabilizing muscles are not affected by the endoscopic procedure's surgical approach.
  • ESS uses a 1/4 inch incision rather than the one inch or larger MIS incision. Patient results can be greatly enhanced by using smaller surgical incisions and avoiding key back muscles.
  • The endoscopic approach, also known as ultra-minimally invasive surgery, can be completed more quickly and gives the surgeon better visibility of and access to the spinal nerves and disc. Additionally, because ESS doesn't require general anesthesia, patients are at lower risk and can leave the hospital within 2 to 3 hours of their procedure.
  • It calls for specialised training.
  • It is necessary to use specialised OT setup and equipment.
  • Due to the usage of sophisticated equipment, surgeries are slightly more expensive.
  • By using an endoscopic method, an appropriate decompression may not always be accomplished.
  • Endoscopic procedures cannot always be used to treat diseases.

Not all patients qualify for a minimally invasive procedure. There are definite instances in which minimally invasive surgery is appropriate and when it should be avoided for safety reasons. Every procedure needs to be tailored to the patient and the technology. Your spine care team may determine during your examination that other treatment options should be attempted first before surgery is ever considered, though.

Adverse reaction to anesthesia, infection, and blood loss are the risks associated with minimally invasive spine surgery like all other surgeries. Damage to the nerves, pain from the surgery and leakage of spinal fluid are some of the risks associated with the spine surgery itself.

Endoscopic spine surgery is a cutting-edge approach of minimally invasive spine surgery created to give the patient a faster recovery period and less pain than standard spine surgery techniques.

The success rate of endoscopic spine surgery is great. 80 to 90 percent of our patients experience less pain and greater mobility following surgery. You will eventually be able to pick up some of the activities you previously had to forgo because of your spinal ailment.

Patients who are suitable candidates typically need a decompression of the spinal nerves, increased spine stability, and a deformity correction. There are some spine infections and tumors that cannot be treated with a minimally invasive method.

The hospital stay after minimally invasive spine surgery in India is usually 3-4 days. You would need to stay for another 7-10 days in India before you can go back. You thus need a total for 2 weeks for minimally invasive spine surgery in India.

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