Microdiscectomy is a type of neurosurgery that is also known as microdecompression. During this procedure, a small part of the bone decompressing the nerve root or the spinal cord is removed to relieve pain arising out of the condition. This procedure is considered to be more effective in the treatment of leg pain or sciatica arising out of compression of nerve root than the lower back pain. This treatment provides immediate relief from pain.

Microdiscectomy in Turkey

Although microdiscectomy is a neurological procedure, it also involves a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon. There are several hospitals in Turkey that conduct this highly specialized neurosurgery. Microdiscectomy in Turkey is opted by several patients from around the world who suffer from nerve root compression arising out of herniation. This is because of the quality of medical services offered by the hospitals in Turkey and the availability of the latest technology and highly qualified doctors.

Cost Comparison

The cost of herniated lumbar disk treatment in Turkey is $5,486, whereas the cost of microdiscectomy in Croatia, Germany, the USA, and the UK is $6,729, $12,337, $28,038 and $16,823 respectively. Turkey provides treatment on low cost with excellent hospital infrastructure, availability of experienced surgeons and highly professional paramedical staff and latest and advanced equipment. Hospitals of Turkey also provide rehabilitation facilities for accelerated recovery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Microdiscectomy is also known as micro decompression. This technique is typically performed by either a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon. The microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that is used for removing the herniated disc from the vertebral column. Herniated disk compresses the spinal nerve passing through the vertebral column. This pressure on the nerve leads to chronic pain, numbness and reduced quality of life. Microdiscectomy is done by making a small incision and causing minimal tissue damage to the spinal nerve and surrounding tissues.

Vertebral discs are present in between the vertebra of the vertebral column. The function of these discs is to provide cushioning to the spine. Disc has an outer and inner part. The inner contains gels like substance while the outer part is tough. When the gel from inner part leaks though the tough outer parts, the condition is known as a herniated disc. The damaged tissue compresses the nerve leading to pain. Microdiscectomy is required to remove the damaged portion of the disc that is compressing the nerve.

People with the following characters are ideal for microdiscectomy:

  • The diagnostic tests such as Ct and MRI have revealed the presence of herniated disc.

  • Leg pain is more severe as compared to back pain.

  • A person who experiences pain and numbness in legs.

  • Patient experience loss of sexual function and poor bowel control.

  • The symptoms are not managed through medications or physiotherapy.

  • If the person experiences sciatica pain for more than 12 weeks, microdiscectomy may likely to provide relief to such patients.

  • If the person experiences difficulty in standing or walking

Following are some of the factors that may reduce the complications after surgery:

  • Normal weight: Patients with normal weight likely to recover more faster for microdiscectomy as compared to obese people. Obese people put increased stress on the vertebral disc.

  • Nonsmokers: Various studies have been conducted to prove that non-smokers are likely to get fewer complications during an orthopedic surgery as compared to smokers. Further, the rate of healing is faster in non-smokers.

Turkey one of the excellent and favorable destinations for microdiscectomy surgery. Following are some reasons for opting Turkey for microdiscectomy:

  • Cost: Cost is a major reason for increasing medical tourism in Turkey. In Turkey, hospitals provide medical and surgical treatment at low cost as compared to developed countries. 

  • Surgeons: Turkey has trained and qualified surgeons for performing microdiscectomy with high success rate. Doctors in Turkey provide the best and effective treatment after comprehensive diagnosis. Surgeons are assisted with highly trained and experienced paramedical staff during microdiscectomy.

  • Good medical infrastructure: Improvement in medical infrastructure is another factor for attracting medical tourist. Hospitals have access to the latest technologies available all over the world for conducting complex surgical procedures like microdiscectomy.

  • JCI-accredited hospitals: Turkey has a large number of JCI-accredited hospitals. Hospitals which maintain and achieve JCI-accreditation provides best care and safety to the patients and also follow strict European protocols and regulations.

  • Tourist place: Medical tourists also have the option to visit places of tourist attractions in Turkey such as Patara beach, Bodrum castle, Oludeniz, and Blue mosque among others.

The average rate of microdiscectomy surgery in Turkey is approximately $5500. The cost of microdiscectomy in Turkey is less not because it provided substandard quality of treatment but due to the low operational cost because of the large volume of patients. These factors include the type of hospital, the success rate of the hospital, the experience of doctor and paramedical staff, facilities provided to the patients, any underlying disease diagnosed before, during or after surgery, speed of recovery, the requirement of rehabilitation facilities and follow-up visit charges.

Some of the top JCI-Certified hospitals in Turkey for Microdiscectomy are: 

  • Medicana Konya. Konya, Turkey

  • LIV Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Kent Hospital, Izmir, Turkey

  • Medical Park Antalya Hospital, Antalya, Turkey

  • Memorial Ankara Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

  • Memorial Antalya Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

  • Memorial Diyarbakir Hospital, Kayapinar, Turkey 

  • Memorial Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey 

  • Hizmet Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Memorial Atasehir Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Talat Kiriş, LIV Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey 
  • Nejat Akalan, Medipol Mega Hastaneler Kompleksi, Istanbul, Turkey 

  • Ufuk Abacıoğlu, Neolife Medical Center, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Prof. İsmail Hakkı TEKKÖK, Memorial Ankara Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

  • Prof. Mahmut AKYÜZ, Memorial Antalya Hospital, Antalya, Turkey  

  • MD Cenk ERMOL, Memorial Antalya Hospital, Antalya, Turkey  

  • Prof. Mehmet TATLI, Memorial Diyarbakir Hospital, Kayapinar, Turkey  

  • MD Adil YILMAZ, Memorial Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey 

  • MD Salim Şentürk, Hizmet Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Assoc. Prof. Gökalp SİLAV, memorial Atasehir Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

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