Herniated disc surgery in Iran: all you need to know
There’s a series of bones on your spine, separated by a number of discs that you should know how to take care of! Otherwise, as you age or in case of an injury, you may be at risk of disc herniation or rupture.
If you’re suffering from disc herniation and your doctor advise you to go with the surgery, Iran can be a reliable place to travel for a less expensive surgical treatment with zero waiting time.
For foreign patients who are not disturbed by what’s told on the big media about Iran, the country compensates with effective yet affordable medical services. If you don’t have a good grasp of this treatment and how it’s done in Iran, read on to discover more.
Spinal discs, also called vertebral discs, are thin cushioning layers positioned between each vertebra (bone) in the spine. They are shock absorbers and do not let the bones rub against each other.
Spinal disc may degenerate and malfunction sometimes, causing you feel pain in either your neck area, your lower back or one or both legs.
This condition is called disc herniation or rupture. People are unable to live their normal life when one of their discs is herniated. In this condition, the gel-like matter of a disc (Nucleus pulposus) leaks into the neighboring area, i.e. the spinal canal. Your disc is bulged and ruptured, which results in pain, weakness, numbness, and limited range of motions.
As the disc degenerates, the inner portion of it can leak into the spinal cord. This disc is called a bulging or herniated disc.
How herniated disc is treated?
In most cases, the patient can be treated non-surgically. Depending on the condition and the herniation extent, the doctor may prescribe specific medicines or physiotherapy.
When the disc herniation does not seem to be relieved after 6 weeks of non-surgical therapy, the surgery is recommended. However, the surgical method may differ from one person to another.
The doctor may ask you to take diagnostic tests including X-ray and CT scan. Such tests provide clear images of the damaged disc and its surrounding tissue and nerve.
Types of herniated disc surgeries
A herniated disc can be treated through various types of surgeries. The most common ones are listed below:
Discectomy refers to the procedure of removing the herniated part of the disc from your spine. So, there will be no more pressure on the nerves in your spinal cord.
If the damaged disc locates in the lower or lumbar spine, the surgery is called lumbar discectomy or lumbar spine surgery. In this procedure, the surgeon accesses the ruptured disc by making incision on the back of your spine. The bulging part is then cut and taken out.
The surgery can also treat spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a condition when the spine is compressed, causing you pain and immobility.
Microdiscectomy or open discectomy
When the surgery is done using a special microscope to see the inside of your body, it is referred to as microdiscectomy. When the surgeon does not use such tool and makes a large cut to observe the slipped disc directly, the procedure is called open discectomy.
Depending on the patient’s condition and the surgeon’s proficiency, your surgeon may decide to perform either methods.
In this procedure, a tool enters the body and reduces the size of herniation through heating and scraping. The surgeon cuts the ruptured disc out or burns the disc using laser beam. This surgery is less common and less effective, compared to other approaches.
Laminotomy refers to the procedure of manipulating lamina to help relieve the nerve roots which have been pressed due to disc herniation. In this procedure, a certain area of the lamina is removed. Lamina is the back part of the vertebra (backbone).
In some cases, the surgeon may remove the whole lamina of the disc and its attached tissue. This procedure is called laminectomy, and cannot be done on all patients.
When a single disc is largely degenerated and diseased, it can be removed and replaced with an artificial disc. The artificial disc or implant is a metal or plastic-like device which acts as a normal disc.
Artificial disc replacement is done under general anesthesia and the incision is made on the abdomen. Then, the surgeon removes the disc and the disc implant is inserted into the place.
Sometimes, only a part of the disc, i.e. the gel-like center of the disc or nucleus, needs to be replaced. In this condition, the outer part is not removed and the procedure is called disc nucleus replacement.
A more invasive procedure, spinal fusion fuses two bones in the spine, eliminating the diseased disc and filling in the space between the two vertebras.
This procedure not only treats a degenerated disc, but also is recommended to patients suffering from spinal stenosis, damaged or fractured vertebra, kyphosis, scoliosis, etc.
In this procedure, the surgeon uses a bone graft taken from the patient or a donor and puts it in the empty space of a disc. If the disc needs to be removed before spinal fusion, a discectomy will be done.
The surgery diminishes severe pain and improves the patient’s quality of life. Yet, as it merges the two bones, it results in the limited movements of the treated area.
Should I have herniated disc surgery in Iran?
Decent prices: “After trying non-surgical options, doctors advised me to have a herniated disc surgery. However, for an ordinary man like me, it wasn’t possible to spend $20,000 more on a surgery. I had already paid around $8,000 to find a relief for my slipped disc, but nothing changed,” this is what many patients mention as their prime reason which triggers the idea of traveling to another country for surgery in their mind.
Traveling for receiving affordable medical care is not something you haven’t heard about so far. As many as 20-24 million patients traveled outside their home countries last year, seeking less expensive healthcare.
High-quality healthcare: For Iran, this market becomes more attractive as the country excels among the Middle Eastern countries in terms of the quality of doctors, hospitals, and medical facilities.
The country has achieved significant recognition in the field of orthopedic treatments. Now, Iran’s home to a number of pioneering orthopedists and neurosurgeons who have attended prestigious universities in western countries.
Patients’ satisfaction: The country not only lives up to the patients’ expectations but also surpass their imaginations. A look at our patients’ testimonial videos would unveil the whole story, giving you a clear picture of their treatment experiences in Iran.
No waiting list: As international patients most often have to wait for a long period of time to book a surgery appointment in their country, Iran’s prompt services seem appealing. In Iran, there’s no waiting list ahead of patients and they can receive treatments like disc surgeries as soon as they apply for it. At AriaMedTour, we also arrange for the immediate treatment of our patients in the accredited hospitals and clinics of Iran.
Herniated disc surgery cost in Iran
The cost of herniated disc surgery in Iran depends on the patient’s condition and the surgical method they should undergo.
In general, a slipped disc surgery costs around $1,400 to $2,200 in Iran.
However, for an exact price quote and a free consultation, we ask you to contact us now. Our medical consultants will provide you with all the details you need, including the price and the procedure itself.
What to expect after disc hernia surgery in Iran?
A herniated disc surgery in Iran lasts between 1 to 2 hours. You will receive anesthesia and will be unconscious during the operation. After the surgery, you will spend around 4 to 5 nights in the hospital.
During this time, you may feel pain and discomfort, which will be eased by taking prescribed medications. You may also be recommended to follow physiotherapy exercises.
After you are discharged, you’ll need to rest for a period of 2 to 6 weeks. Then, you can go back to work. Also, to begin your sport activities, you should wait up to 12 weeks.