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Microdiscectomy in Turkey

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Herniated disc is one of popular spine problems, often leading to spinal stenosis (nerve pain caused by narrowing of one's spinal nerves by herniated disc) or pain in one of the patient’s limbs, known as sciatica. Such a pain is hard to withstand in the long run and doctors suggest a herniated disc treatment such as discectomy or, more and more often – microdiscectomy. During microdiscectomy, doctors attempt to curb the bulged part of herniated disc. This procedure, although sophisticated and focused on such a delicate area as human’s spine, is well-studied and practiced for many years. For this reason, more and more patients decide to undergo microdiscectomy abroad to not spend an excessive amount of money on private healthcare in their home countries.

Microdiscectomy Candidates

All patients with herniated disc pain are candidates for microdiscectomy. However, a pain in lumbar spine or (sometimes) neck is not a sufficient indicator of herniated disc problem. It is necessary to undergo a series of tests, including MRI and doctor’s examination. Only then, the possibility of other spine problems can be excluded and the patient can prepare for microdiscectomy.

Am I Suitable for Microdiscectomy?

If you do have herniated disc pain and your doctor diagnosed a herniated disc, you are eligible for microdiscectomy procedure. However, if you have a herniated disc but do not experience pain, it is better to discuss non-surgical solutions with your specialist.

Preparing for Microdiscectomy

It is advised to stop smoking before microdiscectomy operation. Healthy diet and exercises are also an option, assuming that your herniated disc pain does not prevent you from them. Additionally, it is recommended to not eat for around six hours before your microdiscectomy.

How is Microdiscectomy Performed?

Microdiscectomy is performed usually under full anaesthesia. Patient lies face down in order to expose the spine. Similarly to lumbar decompression treatment, the doctor performs a small incision to uncover spine muscles. The size of the incision is what differentiates traditional discectomy from microdiscectomy. Thanks to the use of a microscope or the other optical tools, in microdiscectomy an incision can be really small. Then, spine muscles are put aside and doctor attempts to reach the herniated disc. Sometimes in order to do so, the specialist needs to conduct laminotomy (a removal of small part of one’s vertebrae). Having reached the herniated disc in question, the doctor cuts its herniated part in order to relieve pain and restore normal functioning of spinal nerves. As the last step of microdiscectomy. muscles are restored to their previous place and incision is closed.

Microdiscectomy Summary

Duration of Operation

1-2 hours

Number of Trips Abroad

1

Hospital Stay

Patient may spend one night in hospital

Back to Work

Up to the patient

Microdiscectomy Recovery

While many other surgeries require at least a few days of resting, microdiscectomy allows a patient to walk out of the hospital within hours after the herniated disc operation. More than that – microdiscectomy recovery time should be rather active one – patients are encouraged to continue their daily activities. Still, it does not mean that right after this lower back surgery you can behave like nothing happened. Microdiscectomy recovery time should be used to gradually resume your activities such as work and exercises in order to avoid complications and give your incision time to heal properly.

Microdiscectomy Risks and Complications

While microdiscectomy is a relatively safe lower back surgery, there are certain risks related to it. The most popular one is a so-called dural tear when cerebrospinal fluid starts to leak. However, one or two days of rest should solve this problem. Other, much rarer occurrences related to microdiscectomy include infection, internal or external bleeding, damage to patient’s nerves, thrombosis in patient’s leg or problems with bowels or bladder. However, these are extremely rare and can be dealt with by specialists who helped you with herniated disc.

Microdiscectomy Side Effects

There are no direct side effects of microdiscectomy procedure. However, it is possible that herniated disc pain will not pass, then a next lower back surgery will be needed. Yet another possibility is a future recurrence of herniated disc, necessitating another microdiscectomy.

Microdiscectomy Success Rates

Microdiscectomy success rate is thought to be rather high, around 85%, which is a really good sign remembering how fragile area is human’s spine.

Before and After Microdiscectomy

If herniated disc had caused sciatica – pain in your limbs, it should pass right after a microdiscectomy. As for spinal stenosis and other problems causing pain in your lower back, the pain may pass gradually.

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Acibadem Maslak Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
7 reviews
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
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Medical Park Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
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Medipol Mega University Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Erdem Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Memorial Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
9 reviews
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Memorial Atasehir Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
14 reviews
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Memorial Sisli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
26 reviews
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Memorial Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
6 reviews
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Kent Hospital

İzmir, Turkey
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Medical Park Bahcelievler Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Acibadem Bodrum Hospital

Muğla, Turkey
5 reviews
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Ethica Incirli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
14 reviews
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Medical Park Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
4 reviews
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Acibadem Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
4 reviews
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Microdiscectomy Cost in Turkey

Cheapest Microdiscectomy price in Turkey is € 3,000. Average Microdiscectomy cost in Turkey is € 5,072 where prices can go as high as € 7,009.

With FlyMedi, you can connect with 15 Spinal Surgery centers in Turkey that are offering Microdiscectomy procedures. These Spinal Surgery centers are accredited by international standard-setting bodies including JCI and ISO 9001:2000. Popular Microdiscectomy destinations in Turkey include Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya.

Prices listed on this page are the average price for Microdiscectomy. Clinics may require more details regarding your medical condition in order to provide you with a personalized Microdiscectomy quote. For a more accurate Microdiscectomy price quote, please click HERE.

Turkey

Turkey is a treasure trove of traditions, spices, street food delights and destinations for any intrepid tourist. It’s a mix between the familiar and the exotic, ranging from the bustling streets of Istanbul to the serene and relaxed Roman ruins spread around Turkey’s Western and Southern coast. Turkey is a fairly large country with 75 million inhabitants. The country spreads between Europe and Asia, with 97% of the country on the Asian side – Asian Turkey. Turkey is encircled and enjoys access to three different seas: The Black Sea, The Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the largest city in Europe, regarding population – It has over 14 million people.

Healthcare

Turkey’s medical infrastructure has improved greatly beginning with the early 2000s and now is one of the biggest medical tourism hubs in Europe and Asia. Turkey has the largest number of JCI-accredited hospitals, second only to the USA and hospitals are more often than not part of international healthcare groups, following strict European protocols and regulations. Turkey has 28.000 medical institutions spread across the European and Asian side but some of the biggest private hospitals and medical centres are in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya and Bodrum – these also happen to be some of the best tourist destinations in Turkey.

Sights to See

Bodrum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey, with its sandy beaches and small streets littered with traditional shops and elegant restaurants. The town used to be called Halicarnassus, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is one of the World’s Seven Ancient Wonders. Bodrum also features a castle built by the crusaders in the 15th century.

Istanbul is the home of several architectural treasures, including the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque was built on the orders of Sultan Ahmed between 1609 and 1616 and the Sultan’s body still resides within the mosque. The high ceiling is lined with more than 20000 handmade ceramic tiles, hence the name – The Blue Mosque.

Pamukkale, meaning “The Cotton Castle” in Turkish is a surreal destination in the country’s western region of Denizli, world renowned for its white terraces with warm spring water. The ancient Greek city of Hierapolis was built over the springs and Pamukkale was a renowned destination in antiquity as well. Tourists can visit the ancient Roman and Greek ruins of the baths, temples and theatres dating to the second century BC.

Things to Know

● If you don’t feel like waiting in a queue, you can get a VISA for Turkey online. The VISA usually costs around $20 for US travellers.

● Turkey’s population is predominantly Islamic so it’s a good idea to wear a headscarf while visiting mosques. Shorts or any other garments that fit under the knee are not prohibited by law but it’s considered good etiquette not to wear shorts for men or short skirts for women.

● You can change any sort of currency into the Turkish Lira – the Turkish currency just about everywhere. Most supermarkets and shops also accept credit cards.

● Roaming fees in Turkey can be somewhat expensive, so it’s a good idea to simply buy a new Turkish SIM card and use it while staying in Turkey.

● Turkey’s international calling code is +90.

● Electrical installations usually operate on 220 volts, 50 Hz and use European style plugs and European style sockets. Four and Five star hotels usually provide North American - 120 volts, 60 Hz sockets as well.

● Driving in Turkey can be a hassle sometimes, but very pleasurable at other times. Roads are usually in good shape and some roads actually lack traffic, so it can be a relaxing experience. In Turkey, people drive on the right, so that’s a detail you will need to keep in mind. In some areas, villagers made cardboard and marker pen signs in order to help lost tourist on their way.

● Renting a car in Turkey is quite simple and cheap. If you have the budget for a full insurance, you should definitely take it – if anything happens, at least you won’t have to worry about money.

● The Turkish Airlines Company, THY offers destinations to just about anywhere in the world with a total of 261 destinations. The company was founded in 1933 and features 285 passenger and cargo planes.

● Turkey uses the metric system which is easy enough to understand – 1 Km = 1000 meters, 1 Kg = 1000 grams, and so on. One mile equals 1.60 Km.

● Turkish people are warm and very hospitable - It is customary for people to hug and kiss both cheeks regardless of their gender.

● Turkish street food is very diverse, from the simple bagel-type snack Simit to the familiar pizza-type Lahmacun, there are tons of variants to just about anything. 



● Turkish coffee is world renowned, but it’s also a bit different than say, its American counterpart -  It is usually a strong coffee with a rich aroma, served very hot from a small traditional cup. Be careful not to drink any of the coffee grounds still in the cup.

● Turkish delight, as the name suggests, can be a really sweet delight for tourists. It is made from sugar, starch and just about any fruit or aroma imaginable, including walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, dates, lemon, orange, rosewater and many others. Turkish delight is usually served with coffee and it became popular all around the world, including in the Balkans region and as far as Brazil and North America.

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Microdiscectomy FAQ

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I Have Herniated Disc? Do I Need a Microdiscectomy?

The most important aspect in estimating whether you need a microdiscectomy is herniated disc pain. If you don’t experience it, you probably won’t need a microdiscectomy.

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Why is Microdiscectomy Thought to Be Better than Normal Discectomy?

Microdiscectomy’s advantage is in the size of incision – the smaller incision, the sooner it heals and the smaller is a possibility of occurrence of infection. For this reason, microdiscectomy is more popular among patients and doctors.

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Microdiscectomy Recovery Time – Should I Spend It in Bed?

No, definitely not. Microdiscectomy recovery time should be dedicated to a gradual resumption of your previous lifestyle, without putting too much stress on your spine.