Artificial disc replacement is indicated for patients who have severe lower or upper back pain due to deformity of the vertebral bones. ADR is a type of arthroplasty where degenerated discs are replaced with prosthetics made of flexible and strong materials. Because artificial disc replacements absorb shock well and maintain their alignment, they are an alternative to other kinds of spine surgery. In the US, artificial disc replacement costs $48,000, while in the UK it can be considerably higher. In Latin America and other places abroad, the operation is less than a third of the price.
Mexico and Costa Rica are top destinations for artificial disc replacement surgery. Doctors in Latin America are trained in the latest techniques and use the same high quality materials that doctors in the US and UK use. Many orthopedic and neurology specialists in Latin America have studied in the US and UK, so patients can rest assured their back surgeon is one of the best. Patients will also be impressed with how modern the facilities are, and how well the doctors and nurses speak English. Total hospital stay is less than a week, and the total cost is about $10,000-$15,000 or £7,000-£10,000.
In New Zealand, artificial disc replacement is about $17,000 or £12,000. Spinal surgeons here are experienced and highly skilled, and New Zealand is becoming a popular destination for medical tourists.
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