As we age, our spinal disks may start to deteriorate. For some people this deterioration of disks can result in pressure on the spinal nerves in the back, especially in the lower back area. Such pressure can result in chronic pain and numbness, a process that can be fixed with a lumbar laminectomy surgery.
Sadly, it is one of the surgeries that is out of the financial reach of the average American, even when they have insurance, because of the high deductibles and co-pays. Obviously, if you’re already dealing with your usual debt, you’re going to start to look elsewhere just to live without pain everyday. In Costa Rica, you can find such an option, and one that’s as safe as the one you’d find at home. Canadians who often must wait a year or more for this surgery can also get immediate help.
The objective of the procedure is to release the pressure on the nerve. This is achieved by removing part of the vertebral bone, called the lamina, in order to give more space to the nerve and release the pressure on it.
Total recovery time will depend greatly on the general state of health of the patient, but it typically involves 3 days in the hospital. After that, a patient will need to rest for a few days. Aged patients may need even more recovery time. When to resume normal activities will depend on the pre-surgery condition of the patient.
After the surgery, 70 to 80% of patients report great improvement of their condition and reduction or elimination of the pain and numbness.
There is no reason to suffer every time you stand up, sit, or lay down. We can help you find an experienced surgeon who speaks English and a hospital that maintains with the same quality standards as the ones you have at home. Contact us today.
The average cost of a 1 level lumbar laminectomy surgery in Costa Rica is $16,650 US dollars. If 2 levels are required, the average cost of surgery will be $18,950 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.
If you are interested in a lumbar laminectomy surgery in Costa Rica and just want a life free of pain, please fill out the “Find a Doctor” form. A participating medical specialist will reply.