Years of bad posture, lack of exercise, and a sedentary lifestyle do take a toll in our health. One penalty for the way we live may be the deterioration of the cervical disks in the neck. Over time, the deterioration of one of the disks may be so severe that it needs to be replaced, which is what cervical disk replacement surgery does.
Many Americans have trouble coming up with the money for a regular doctor’s visit, much less an expensive surgery. This leaves people suffering from pain, numbness, and other complications with no affordable options in the US. But coming to Costa Rica, where we have competent surgeons, internationally certified hospitals, and affordable care, is one of the safest and least expensive options there is.
Cervical disk replacement surgery is exactly what it sounds like: taking out the damaged cervical (neck) disk and replacing it with an artificial one. It is performed when tests establish that the damage has gone beyond a point where it can be reversed or treated. Patients in this state typically experience chronic pain and numbness.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will extract the disk through an incision in the neck. The space will be filled with an artificial disk made out of titanium or medical grade plastic. Sometimes, a disk made out of bone from the pelvis of the patient or a cadaver’s pelvis will be used.
Recovery is typically long, up to six weeks, and will require the patient to follow some guidelines on how he or she can and can’t move his or her neck. A neck collar is usually recommended.
If you want to stop the numbness and pain you’re feeling in the neck, and a disk replacement has been recommended for you, contact us today and we’ll help you get in touch with a certified surgeon who will help.
The average cost of a one-level cervical disk replacement surgery in Costa Rica is $32,100 US dollars. Your package will also include:
- 3 physical therapy sessions
- Private transportation (1 airport and 3 hospital round trip transfers)
- Hospital Costs (surgery room, equipment, supplies, medications, etc.)
- Hospitalization if needed (companion can stay at no extra cost)
- Medical team fees (surgeon, assistant, and anesthesiologist)
- Regular discharge medication
- Pre-operative exams (blood tests, EKG and an evaluation by an internist)
- Pre-op and Post-op appointment with lead surgeon
Please keep in mind that these prices do not include the costs incurred in case of medical complications, extended hospital stays, blood transfusions, etc. Which although rare, can occur and therefore could increase the final price.
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