Spinal surgery is performed to treat serious musculoskeletal injuries, nerve compressions, infections, or in some cases, remove tumours. It is generally recommended only when non-surgical treatments such as medication and physical therapy fail to relieve symptoms. In other cases, it is considered only when the exact source of the pain can be determined, such as a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or scoliosis.
Spinal surgeries can carry higher risks than other types of surgery as it is performed much closer to the nervous system. The most serious risks include infections and paralysis.
The surgery can take as little as 2 ½ hours, and as long as 6 to 7 hours or more. The recovery period can be long, even with a successful surgery. It may take months depending on the type of surgery and your condition before the procedure.
The cost of Spinal surgeries in India starts from around USD 3,600 and can go up to USD 7448. Overall, about 85 per cent of people with spinal injuries who got the procedure done are still alive ten years later.