Spinal Fusion (Spondylodesis) Surgery Abroad

Details of leading international hospitals performing Spinal Fusion to foreign patients.
Bumrungrad Hospital Contact Bumrungrad Hospital
Private Hospital, Thailand
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation   Thai HA AccreditationThai HA Accreditation
Bumrungrad International is an internationally accredited, multi-specialty hospital located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand.
Prices
Spinal Fusionupon request
25 listed neurosurgeons:view all >
Dr. Dhanit Dheandhanoo
Dr. Dhanit Dheandhanoo
Spine Surgery
Neurosurgery
Dr. Narong Dusitanond
Dr. Narong Dusitanond
Neurosurgery
Columbia Asia Hospitals Contact Columbia Asia Hospitals
Private Hospital, India
NABH AccreditationNABH Accreditation
A 200-bed facility located at Gateway Center in Northwest Bangalore. The hospital opened in 2008 and provides comprehensive tertiary-level services, such as cardiac operations, orthopedics and neuroscience, as well as secondary-level medical care.
Prices
Spinal Fusionupon request
Listed neurosurgeons:
Dr. Raghuram G, MBBS, MD, DNBE
Dr. Raghuram G, MBBS, MD, DNBE
Jr. Consultant Neurosurgeon
Dr. Arjun Srivatsa, MBBS, MD, DNB
Dr. Arjun Srivatsa, MBBS, MD, DNB
Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeon
Barcelona Spine Center Contact Barcelona Spine Center
Private Hospital, Spain
A neurosurgery center within Quiron Hospital Barcelona, specializing in minimally invasive surgeries on the spine. The Barcelona Spine Centre team of three neurosurgeons have over 15 years of experience in the field of neurosurgery.
Prices
Spinal Fusionupon request
3 listed neurosurgeons:view all >
Dr. Pablo Clavel
Dr. Pablo Clavel
Chief Neurosurgeon
Mahkota Medical Centre Contact Mahkota Medical Centre
Private Hospital, Malaysia
MSQH AccreditationMSQH Accreditation
A comprehensive tertiary healthcare centre servicing local patients and foreign patients from neighboring countries.
Prices
Spinal Fusionupon request
Listed neurosurgeons:
Dr. Parthiban Navoo
Dr. Parthiban Navoo
Neurosurgery
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Dr. M.K.Radhakrishnan
Neurosurgery
Mission Hospital Contact Mission Hospital
Private Hospital, Thailand
Thai HA AccreditationThai HA Accreditation
This general hospital in Bangkok offers a full range of services including Cosmetic Surgery. It has been accredited by the Hospital Accreditation Thailand and has been serving patients for more than 70 years.
Prices
Spinal Fusionupon request
IDCSalud Hospital General de Catalunya Contact IDCSalud Hospital General de Catalunya
Hospital, Spain
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
A large private hospital, part of the IDCSalud group of hospitals, with over 300 physicians. This is a general tertiary hospital that provides medical services in virtually all medical specialties.
Prices
Spinal Fusionupon request
Clinica La Luz Contact Clinica La Luz
Private Hospital, Spain
The largest private hospital in Madrid, with over one hundred physicians providing tertiary medical services in over thirty medical specialties. The hospital is equipped to deal with the most complex of conditions, including oncology, neurosurgery and cardiac surgery.
Prices
Spinal Fusionupon request
British Hospital Lisbon XXI Contact British Hospital Lisbon XXI
British Hospital, Portugal
An ISO certified private hospital with in and out patient facilities providing medical services that include urology, neurosurgery, cosmetic surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, ob-gyn, neurology, general surgery, bariatrics, neurology, gastroenterology and more.
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Spinal Fusionupon request
Hospital Universitario de San Vicente Fundación Contact Hospital Universitario de San Vicente Fundación
Private Hospital, Colombia
A large tertiary hospital with over 600 beds and over 400 physicians providing medical care in all medical specialties. The international office can assist patients with insurance, accommodation and transportation. Private rooms are available.
Prices
Spinal Fusionupon request
Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital Contact Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital
Children Hospital, Spain
Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital is one of the leading medical centers in Europe for childhood and adolescence medicine and offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to health care from birth through 21 years of age.
Prices
Spinal Fusionupon request
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About Spinal Fusion

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.
What is Spinal Fusion?
Spinal Fusion is a surgical procedure to fix two vertebrae together. This permanently fuses two bones together and as a result there is no movement between these bones. Other surgical procedures such as laminectomy are usually done prior to a spinal fusion. A graft is used to join the bones permanently together. If the graft is taken from another body part, commonly from the pelvic bone, it is called an autograft. The graft may also be taken from a bone bank known as allograft. In rare cases, synthetic bone substitutes may also be used. Screws, plates or cages are used to join the vertebrae together so that the bones do not move when they are healing.

What are the Different Types of Spinal Fusion?
The different types of spinal fusion may be used in combination with one another. They are:
  • Posterolateral Fusion
    In this procedure the bone grafts are placed between the transverse processes of the spine. The vertebrae are joined with the help of screws and wires through the pedicles of the vertebra, which is attached to a metallic rod on the sides of the vertebrae.
  • Interbody Fusion
    In this procedure the bone grafts are placed between the vertebra. There are three types of interbody fusion:
    • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF), in which the surgery is performed through an anterior abdominal incision.
    • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF), in which the surgery is performed through a posterior incision
    • Transforaminal Lumber Interbody Fusion (TLIF) in which the surgery is performed through a posterior incision on one side of the spine.

How is Spinal Fusion Performed?
During spinal fusion, the vertebrae are exposed through an incision. Tissue layers above the bone are put aside. Small parts of bone are then placed beside the vertebrae. A spinal fusion using an autograft is more successful than a spinal fusion performed with an allograft. However, an autograft may cause more stress on the surgery and blood loss.

Spinal instrumentation may also be received by some patients. Rods, wires and screws are attached to the spine. This is used to keep the vertebrae in place during the fusion. Alternatively, an external brace may be applied after the spinal fusion surgery.

Once the surgery is complete, a drainage tube is placed out of the incision area to drain out fluid for some days.

How to Prepare for Spinal Fusion?
  • The patient should inform the doctor about any medical conditions and ailments.
  • The doctor should be informed about any medication that the patient is taking.
  • Certain medication that the patient is taking may be stopped by the doctor a couple of weeks before the surgery.
  • The patient should stop smoking a couple of weeks before the surgery to enable a quick recovery.
  • The doctor should be informed if the patient has been consuming alcohol.

 



Duration of procedure/surgery:
Approximately 4 hours

Days admitted:
4 to 6 days

Anesthesia:
General Anesthesia

Recovery:
- The drain tube is removed 24 to 72 hours after the surgery.
- Pain medication may be given in the form of pills or intravenous injections.
- The patient is taught how to move, sit, stand and walk in a proper without causing harm to the spine.
- The patient may need to be fed though an intravenous tube for 2 to 3 days.
- The patient may need to wear braces after the surgery.
- After the surgery, the patient may recover entirely or partially.
- Spine problems in future are possible for any patient after a spinal surgery.

Risks:
- The risks involved in spinal fusion include:
- Infection in the vertebrae
- Injury to the spinal nerve that can cause bladder and/or bowel incontinence, pain, weakness, loss of sensation, etc
- Blood clotting
- Adverse reaction to medication and anesthesia
- Bleeding
- Breathing difficulty
- Stroke
- After a spinal fusion, the spinal column may be stressed.

After care:
- The patient may need to undergo physiotherapy after some days.
- Normal activities should be avoided for several weeks after the surgery.
- Strenuous activities should be avoided for 6 to 8 months after the surgery.
- The incision area should be kept dry and clean.
- For the scar to heal, the incision area should be protected from sunburn for a year after the surgery.