Spinal Fusion in Turkey

Hospitals and medical centers in Turkey performing Spinal Fusion.
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Anadolu Medical Center Contact Anadolu Medical Center
Private Hospital, Gebze (near Istanbul), Turkey
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Anadolu Medical Center is one of the most modern, comprehensive and respected hospitals in Turkey. Anadolu is affiliated with John Hopkins Hospital.
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Spinal Fusionupon request
4 listed neurosurgeons:view all >
Dr. Osman Niyazi Akın MD
Dr. Osman Niyazi Akın MD
Spine Surgery
Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Brain Tumors
Spinal Cord Tumors
International Hospital Contact International Hospital
Private Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
A JCI accredited, multi-specialty medical center which is a part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group. The hospital provides medical care in virtually all medical specialties. International patients are catered for through the Acibadem International Patients Center.
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Spinal Fusionupon request
Liv Hospital Contact Liv Hospital
Private Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
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The first in a brand new chain of ultra-modern hospitals, opened in January 2013, LIV hospital focuses on foreign patients, and tries to provide a complete and comprehensive service by a dedicated international team.
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Spinal Fusionupon request
Acibadem Maslak Hospital Contact Acibadem Maslak Hospital
Private Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
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A modern, JCI accredited, full service hospital, established in 2009. Acibadem Maslak is part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group, so international patients are taken care of through the group's International Patient Center.
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Spinal Fusionupon request
6 listed neurosurgeons:view all >
Prof. M. Necmettin Pamir, MD
Prof. M. Necmettin Pamir, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery
Prof. M. Memet Ozek
Prof. M. Memet Ozek
Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Yeditepe University Hospital Contact Yeditepe University Hospital
University Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
A modern hospital which was opened in 2005, with a wide array of medical services, and a special department for international patients.
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Spinal Fusionupon request
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Prof. Ugur Ture
Prof. Ugur Ture
Neurosurgery
German Hospital Camlica Contact German Hospital Camlica
Private Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
German Hospital Camlica has achieved a 7 star rating. It has 24 highly skilled and experienced physicians, who treat around 500 international patients each year.
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Spinal Fusionupon request
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Prof. Serdar Hero
Brain and Neurological Surgery / Neurosurgery
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Dr. Jennifer Açka
Brain and Neurological Surgery / Neurosurgery
German Hospital Taksim Contact German Hospital Taksim
Private Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
One of the largest private healthcare providers in Turkey. Has obtained JCI accreditation and is ISO certified. This hospital treats approximately 12,000 international patients annually.
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Spinal Fusionupon request
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Dr. Orhan Barlas
Neurosurgery
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Dr. M. Emre Altunrende
Brain and Neurological Surgery / Neurosurgery
Memorial Antalya Hospital Contact Memorial Antalya Hospital
Private Hospital, Antalya, Turkey
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
A modern JCI accredited hospital located in Antalya, with 80 physicians spread across most medical specialties. The international patients department assists foreign patients with transportation, insurance, Visa arrangements, translation and more.
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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.

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