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Spinal surgery

Spinal surgery can relieve pain or weakness caused by compressed spinal nerves, helping you to get back on your feet.

Spinal surgery can alleviate the effects of compressed nerves in the spine, which can present as symptoms including:  

  • Pain in the buttocks 
  • Leg pain 
  • Back pain 
  • Leg weakness 

One common cause of compressed spinal nerves is spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the space around your spinal cord. Another is a slipped disc. Between each of your vertebrae (spinal bones) sits a disc, and if the coating of that disc becomes torn it can ‘slip’ and push against the surrounding nerves. You might also have pressure on your spinal nerves as a result of a spinal injury such as a fracture.  

At your initial consultation for back or leg pain, you will be seen by an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Thornbury Hospital. Your Orthopaedic Surgeon will work with a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including Spinal Surgeons and Radiologists to investigate and diagnose your symptoms.  

Once diagnosis has been confirmed, your Consultant might suggest treatment such as physiotherapy to improve movement in your legs, or spinal injection therapy (a course of injections) to relieve any swelling or pain. But if these treatment options do not improve your symptoms, your Consultant may feel that the best recommendation is surgery.

At Thornbury Hospital, we offer a wide range of spinal surgeries, including: 

Spinal fusion surgery

Spinal fusion surgery is used to treat severe and debilitating pain in your lumbar (lower) spine. It involves fusing together two or more of your vertebrae (the bones that form your spinal cord) using a bone graft.  

Lumbar spinal decompression surgery starting from £10,468*

Lumbar spinal decompression is often performed to treat compressed nerves from spinal stenosis. Your Orthopaedic Surgeon will usually ask you to lie down on your stomach to allow an incision to be made into the middle of your lower back. The muscles in your back are raised to expose your spine and surgical instruments are used to remove any tissue (bone or ligaments) at the back of your spine that could be compressing your nerves.  

Lumbar laminectomy starting from £10,468*

This is a type of spinal decompression surgery. During a lumbar laminectomy, your Orthopaedic Surgeon will create a vertical incision across the middle of your lower back. Your back muscles are then lifted to gain access to your spine and the part of your ligament or bone that is putting pressure on your spinal nerves is removed.  

Lumbar microdiscectomy £7,910*

A lumbar microdiscectomy can be performed to remove pressure on your spinal nerves from a slipped disc (also known as a prolapsed or herniated disc). This can lead to pain in your lower back and neck, or pain in your buttocks, hips and legs, if the affected disc puts pressure on your sciatic nerve (a nerve that travels across your lower back to your feet). 

If you are advised to have a lumbar discectomy, the damaged part of your slipped disc that is putting pressure on your nerves is removed with an operating microscope.  

*The above prices are only a guide price. At Thornbury Hospital, the final cost of your treatment will be confirmed in writing after your consultation. Further terms and conditions apply.

At Thornbury Hospital, we are proud to serve patients from South Yorkshire, Sheffield and its surrounding areas. Our renowned team of specialists has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in healthcare, and almost 100% of our patients rate the quality of their care at Thornbury Hospital as excellent or very good.  

There are many ways that you could benefit from having treatment at Thornbury Hospital, including:

  • En-suite hospital rooms with access to Wi-Fi, a TV and telephone 
  • A physiotherapy suite where you can receive private  sessions to increase your mobility, helping you regain your independence and get back to your normal activities as soon as possible 
  • Personalised treatment plans that are tailored to your individual needs
  • Plenty of free car parking spaces and great public transport links to the surrounding areas

When you choose to go private with Thornbury Hospital, you can expect:  

  • The freedom to choose which hospital and which Consultant are right for you 
  • Flexible payment plans with interest-free options available 
  • Fixed-price packages with no hidden costs and aftercare guaranteed, helping you focus on your recovery and post-surgery goals 

Find out how you can begin your treatment with us by booking an appointment online or phoning a member of our advisory team on 0114 2661133.

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Mr Ramez Ibrahim

Consultant Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon


Thornbury Hospital

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Mr Debapriya Bhattacharyya

Consultant Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

MBBS, FRCS, FRCS (Neurosurg)

Thornbury Hospital

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Mr Abhinay Kamat

Consultant Spinal Surgeon

MBBS, MS ( Gen Surgery) , DNB ( Gen Surgery) FRCS ( Neurosurgery)

Thornbury Hospital

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Mr Matthias Radatz

Consultant Neurosurgeon

CCST Neurosurgery, MD, FRCS

Thornbury Hospital

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Dr Sameer Gupta

Consultant Anaesthetist with a specialist interest in Pain Management


Thornbury Hospital

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