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Slipped disc surgery cost in India


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  • Stay at the Hospital - 4 to 5 days   
  • Stay in India - 1 to 2 weeks
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.

Slipped Disc Operation Cost in India starts from US $4500 and varies depending on your medical condition, history and comorbidities, if any, surgeon, hospital and the city where you choose to get the surgery done.

Factors that affect Slipped Disc Surgery Cost in India:

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.

Best Spine Surgeons for Slip Disc Operation in India

Dr. Vikas Gupte
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
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. Punnet Girdhar
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 Slip Disc Operation in India

BLK Max Superspecialty Hospital
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 Mulund Mumbai
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.

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Slipped Disc

Slipped disc is also known as a prolapsed or herniated disc. It is a disorder where the nucleus pulposus, the inner soft component of the disc, protrudes through the weak or ruptured part of the disc, pressing on the nearby structures (nerves exiting the spinal cord), causing numbness, tingling, or even pain in the area.

Any level can experience a slipped disc or disc herniation, but the lumbar region is where it typically happens. The severity of the symptoms depends on the prolapse and herniation's extent; the bigger the prolapse, the more severe the symptoms.

Slipped Disc Symptoms

Intermittent and persistent back pain are early signs of spine degeneration, but you can still go about your everyday activities. However, as the "jelly" begins to protrude from the "shell," symptoms start to worsen; the pain becomes more intense, frequent, and persistent. If the pushing gel starts to squeeze the spinal nerves in the lumbar region, you can also notice weakness or numbness in your legs and buttocks.

Shoulder and arm pain results from a cervical spine rupture, and continued compression could result in lifelong paralysis.

Slipped disc is typically the final step of spine deterioration. The outer layer of your disc starts to tear when it is bent awkwardly or repeatedly, compressed, rotated, heavy objects are lifted, you sit in one place for an extended period of time, etc.

If no steps are taken to stop additional damage, the gel inside the disc begins to move out, resulting in excruciating back pain. If the pressure increases, the nucleus pulposus splits and the water inside leaks, just like a vehicle tyre that has been punctured, weakening the disc and reducing its buoyancy.

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

Causes of Slipped Disc

Some of the common causes that cause slip disc are:

  1. The water content in the discs decreases with age and shrinks it causing disc degeneration
  2. Lifting heavy objects and in improper way
  3. Sitting in particular position like extended driving hours
  4. Overweight or sedentary lifestyle
  5. Sporting activities which require heavy lifting
  6. Excessive smoking

Treatment for Slipped Disc

Treatment options for a slipped disc include rest with pain medication, physical therapy or sometimes further treatments like injections and surgery.

  1. Medications and lifestyle changes: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are administered for pain management, and opioids are prescribed in cases of extreme pain that is refractory to NSAIDs. Back spasms are treated using muscle relaxants. Diet and exercise are advised for overweight people. Physical therapy helps to make the muscles in the spine stronger and more flexible in the legs and spine.
  2. Injections: Steroid injections are given to treat a herniated disk's pain, swelling, and other symptoms.
  3. Surgery: When the aforementioned treatments have failed, surgery is a possibility for treatment. There are numerous surgical procedures for herniated disc surgery, including:
    • Discectomy/ Microdiscectomy: the most frequent procedure performed to treat a herniated disc in the lumbar region is a discectomy. The disc fragment that is pressing on your nerve root is cut out during this treatment. Sometimes the entire disc is taken out.
    • Laminotomy and laminectomy : in order to release pressure on your nerve roots, the surgeon performs a laminotomy, creating a hole in the vertebral arch (lamina). Through a small incision, the surgery is done, occasionally with a microscope. The lamina can be taken out if required. Laminectomy is the term used for this.
    • Artificial Disc Surgery: when there is a lower back issue, this operation is often performed on a single disc. If you have osteoporosis, arthritis, or more than one degenerating disc, it's not a good option for you.
    • Spinal Fusion: two or more vertebrae are permanently fused together during this operation. Bone grafts from another region of your body or from a donor may be used to achieve this. Additionally, it could have screws and rods made of metal or plastic that are intended to add more support. Done to provide stability to your spine.

When is Slipped Disc Surgery Needed?

People with back pain, numbness or weakness in upper or lower limbs who are not responding to non-surgical treatments like pain killers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and physiotherapy can consider surgery. They need further investigations like X-ray/ CT scan/ MRI to confirm bulging or protruding discs which can be corrected by surgery.

Surgery for herniated disc should be considered emergency if there are symptoms of pressure on the spinal cord or on the cauda equina or cases involving serious or increasing paralysis.

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 slip disc operation in India.

  • Is it time for a herniated disc 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
Question to Ask

How is surgery for Slipped Disc Performed?

The most common procedures used to treat disc herniation are endoscopic discectomy and laminectomy. These surgeries are usually done under general anesthesia.

Step 1

In order to provide the surgeon better access to the affected area of your spine and to relieve pressure on your chest, belly, and pelvis, you will lie face down on a special curved mattress. Because the treatment is done under a general anesthetic, you won't feel any pain and will be unconscious throughout. The entire process takes at least an hour, but depending on how complicated it is, it might take considerably longer.

Step 2

An X-ray will be used to calculate the precise amount of decompression necessary. Your back will be cut in the middle, with the incision going vertically along your spine. Your back muscles will be pulled away from your spine, revealing the back of your spine.

Step 3

The strain on the spinal cord or nerves will be relieved by gradually removing the damaged tissues or nerves. After a sufficient amount of decompression has been achieved, the incision will be closed and stitched up, and the muscles will be sewn back together.

What Results Can I Expect from Slipped Disc surgery?

The results of slip disc operation are good. A successful surgery relieves the symptoms of herniated or slipped disc in up to about 90% of the patients.

What is the Recovery from Slipped Disc Surgery Like?

Recovery is different for each patient. Generally speaking, it is normal to experience discomfort at the site of the operation for the first few days. This pain can be managed with pain medications. After a week following surgery, you would be instructed to begin physical therapy for rehabilitation. While you could resume your regular activities in approximately two weeks, a full recovery might take many weeks to months. Your surgeon will guide you on the rehabilitation process and when to begin strenuous exercises.

Frequently Asked Questions

Up to 2% of people in the US experience a herniated disc each year. The most common cause of pain in the neck, arms, back, legs, and/or feet is herniated discs (sciatica). Herniated discs can arise anywhere along the spine, but they most frequently do so in the neck or lower back.

Herniated discs are most common in people between the ages of 30 and 50. Men are twice as likely to get a herniated disc as compared to women. Factors that increase the chances of disc herniation:

  • Sitting for long periods in the same position.
  • Being overweight.
  • Lifting heavy objects.
  • Repetitive bending or twisting motions for work, sports or hobbies.
  • Smoking.

Up to 90% of persons with herniated disc discomfort experience relief on their own or with straightforward medical treatment. Within a month, you'll probably feel better. You should visit your healthcare practitioner if you don't. Some patients require more drastic medical treatments, such as surgery or spinal injections.

Herniated discs can deteriorate if left untreated. This is particularly true if you maintain the behaviors that contributed to it, such as if it resulted from your occupation. Chronic (ongoing) discomfort, loss of feeling, and a worsening disc rupture can all occur in the affected area.

Herniated discs cannot always be prevented. However, you can lower your risk by

  • Employing appropriate lifting methods- keep your waist straight. Keep your back straight while bending your knees. Make use of your powerful leg muscles to support the weight.
  • Maintain a healthy weight- the lower back is pressed by excess weight.
  • Maintaining a straight spine- learn how to stand, sit, walk, and sleep with better posture. The tension on your spine is reduced by good posture.
  • Stretching- if you frequently sit for extended periods of time, it's extremely crucial to take stretching breaks.
  • Avoid wearing heels in your footwear- your spine is thrown out of alignment when you wear these shoes.
  • Doing regular exercise- focus on exercises that will strengthen your back and abdominal muscles.
  • Giving up smoking- smoking can damage discs and increase the risk of disc rupture.
  • Herniated disc discomfort can initially be managed at home. But if you experience any of the following symptoms, you must see your surgeon immediately and may need a surgery:
  • Pain hampering your routine activities
  • Symptoms have not improved even after 6-8 weeks
  • Symptoms have worsened over time.
  • You start to lose control of your bladder or bowels.
  • Your arms, hands, legs, or feet start to tingle, become numb, or lose strength.
  • You have difficulty walking or standing.

Depending on the type of surgery, slipped disc surgery takes anywhere between 1-3 hours.

While there is some discomfort from the surgical incision, many patients report that the pain from the herniated disc is quickly relieved. Pain alleviation may take longer in patients who have endured nerve compression and the accompanying symptoms for a prolonged period of time.

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    Mr Greg Mcquaid,Bain Boeuf, Pereybere, Mauritius

    Treatment: Cervical and Lumbar Spinal decompression surgery

  • I am extremely thankful to IndiCure and their whole team for helping me get relief from the terrible pain that I was suffering from. My spine surgery has been very successful and I am completely pain free now. The surgeon and the nurses were great and very helpful. I would also like to thank Dr Ruchika who was extremely cordial and very prompt with her replies.

    Overall, it was a memorable experience for me.

    Daniel Domingo,Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Procedure: TLIF

  • India is a friend country of my country Sudan and that is why I chose to come here, out of the many options that I had. Besides, I found IndiCure's replies to all my questions the best and the most prompt.

    We have found the people here very nice and helpful, during our stay here in hospital and the guest house, before the operation and after it.

    I sincerely thank IndiCure, and all those who have helped me to be well, healthy and recovered. Thanks IndiCure.

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