Spine Surgery in Turkey

Turkey attracts a large number of foreign patients and is currently the global hub for medical tourism. The treatment and diagnostic costs of spine surgery in Turkey are very affordable as compared to western and European countries. The success rate of spine surgery is also very high in Turkey because of the latest and innovative technologies, highly experienced surgeons and specialized medical team, world-class health care facilities and quality of medical services. Over 7,00,000 medical tourists came to Turkey for treatment every year and the numbers are expected to grow to 1 million in 2019.

Cost Comparison

The hospitals of Turkey offered a competitive price for spine surgery as compared to western and European countries. The cost of spine surgery varies from types of spine surgery or complications of the spinal column. Spinal fusion cost in Turkey is around USD18,000 while the cost of laminectomy surgery is USD 3,400-USD 18,000. There are so many factors which affect the cost of spinal surgery such as types of hospitals facilities, surgeon’s consultation charges, diagnostics procedures, patient current health status, additional tests, and medication cost. After the surgery, the patient needs neurorehabilitation therapy which further adds to the overall cost of treatment. The duration of neurorehabilitation therapy also affects the cost of this surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Turkey is the leading country in the field of medical tourism. Reasons for this is that the hospitals in Turkey provide top of the line health care services, huge infrastructure, improved and refined technology, and service quality. There are various reasons for undergoing spine surgery in Turkey:

  • More than 1200 neurosurgeons are practicing in Turkish hospitals

  • Well experienced doctors and surgeons, latest innovative techniques, high-quality health services. Some hospitals also provide offer discounts for aesthetic procedures.

  • The high success rate in the brain and spine surgery. Some hospital success rates reach up to 91% in brain and spine surgery.

  • Turkey has various multispecialty hospitals. Most hospitals have received a quality certificate by joint commission international (JCI)

  • Most of the Turkish doctors and hospital staff speak well in English

  • Treatment and diagnostic cost are low as compared to developed countries.

  • Turkish government attracts investors in the healthcare sector.

There are following types of spine surgery conducted in Turkey:

Spine Fusion: Spine fusion is a surgical procedure in which two or more vertebra are fused permanently with healthy bone. Spine fusion surgery is performed to treat Spinal curve deformity, Spinal stenosis, Spinal disc herniation, Degenerative disc disease, and severe back pain. 

Laminectomy:  Laminectomy is a decompression surgery in which a part of the spinal column (called as lamina) is removed and space is created. The main aim of this surgery is to create space in the spinal canal to remove pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. 

Discectomy:  It is also a decompression surgery, herniated disc surgery, microdiscectomy, and percutaneous discectomy. In these types of spine surgery abnormal or damaged disc is removed which is compressing the nerves. Discectomy surgery is performed to treat leg weakness and numbness, herniated or ruptured disc and relieve pressure on the nerve or spinal cord.

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty:  Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are a similar spinal procedure, in which bone cement is injected through a tiny hole into a fractural vertebra. Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty surgery are performed to treat vertebral compression, fractures of the spine, improve osteoporosis and tumor biopsy or cancer in bone.

The success rate of spinal fusion surgery is very high and is at par with developed countries. The success rate varies according to the type of spine surgery performed. For example, lumber herniated surgery has a 95% success rate while the brain and spinal cord surgery has a 91% success rate. Some hospitals also performed surgery through the latest spine technology such as minimally invasive spine surgery which has the success rate of around 90%. Various reasons are depicted for high success rates such as good infrastructure, highly qualified surgeons or medical staffs, latest technologies, and quality of healthcare services.

The spine surgery cost in Turkey is lower than in western and European countries. The average cost of spine surgery in Turkey varies according to the type of spine surgery. Surgeries such as spinal fusion costs around USD18,000, herniated disc surgery costs USD 2,500 -31,000, discectomy surgery (removal of lumbar disc) costs USD 6,600-20,000 and cost of laminectomy surgery is USD 3,400-18,000. There are various factors which affect the cost of spine surgery in Turkey such as:

  • Types of hospitals

  • Hospitals facilities

  • Location of hospitals

  • Latest Innovative technologies

  • Surgeons fees

  • Availability of technologically advanced instruments for surgery

  • Experienced surgeons and specialized medical team 

  • Diagnostic tests fees

  • Patient health condition

  • Duration of hospitals stay

  • Types of spine surgery

  • The success rate of the spine surgery

  • Additional treatment procedure

  • Acibadem Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Anadolu Medical Center, Gebze/Kocaeli, Turkey

  • Medipol Mega University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Memorial Ankara hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Hisar Intercontinental Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

  • NP Istanbul Brain Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

  • LIV hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Kadikoy Florence Nightingale Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Istanbul memorial hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Acibadem University Atakent Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Spine Surgeons Memorial Ankara Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

The best cities in Turkey for spine surgery are the following:

1. Istanbul

2. Ankara

3. Antalya

4. Bodrum

Most of the hospitals for spine surgery in Turkey are situated in Istanbul and Ankara. Ankara is the capital of Turkey and Istanbul is the most populous city as well as its cultural and financial hub. Most of the hospitals in these cities have world-class health care facilities, internationally well-trained surgeons and experienced medical staff team, and the latest technology.

Following are some of the top spine surgeons in Turkey:

  • Emre Acaroglu, Spine Surgeons Memorial Ankara Hospital, (Ankara) Turkey

  • Dr. Aylin Özturk, Neurologist, Liv Hospital Group (Istanbul) Turkey

  • Ali Zırh, Neurologist Medipol Mega Hastaneler Kompleksi (Istanbul) Turkey

  • Okan Bölükbaş, Neurologist Okan University Hospital, (Istanbul) Turkey

  • Erdal Karaöz, Neurologist Liv Hospital,(Istanbul) Turkey

  • Yaşar Kütükçü, NeurologistAnadolu Medical Center, (Istanbul) Turkey

  • Kursad Aydin, Neurologist Medipol Mega Hastaneler Kompleksi (Istanbul) Turkey

  • Sinan Çomu, Neurologist Memorial Şişli Hospital (Istanbul) Turkey

  • Lutfi Hanoglu, Neurologist Medipol Mega Hastaneler Kompleksi (Istanbul) Turkey

  • Serdar Baki Albayrak, Neurologist, Medical Park Hospitals Group (Istanbul) Turkey

  • Serdar Baki Albayrak, neurologist, Medical Park Hospitals Group (Istanbul) Turkey

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