Spinal decompression can be done either surgically or non-surgically to relieve dangerous pressure on the nerve. Surgical spinal decompression can be done through either laminectomy or discectomy, depending on whether a vertebral bone or disc is compressing the nerve. Non-surgical spinal decompression can be achieved through spinal traction, a mechanical procedure that stretches the back to realign the vertebrae and discs. Surgical methods are considered more effective by most doctors. In the US, spinal decompression surgery may cost up to $50,000, and up to £40,000 in the UK. Spinal and neurosurgeons overseas can perform this operation for less than a fourth of the cost.
In Argentina, spinal decompression surgery costs only $8,500 or £6,000, and in Mexico and Costa Rica the price is about $6,500 or £4,500. Spinal, orthopedic, and neurosurgeons in Latin America often study medicine in the US and UK. Doctors stay updated with the latest techniques in spine surgery, and they use the most advanced surgical equipment. Patients can also discuss non-surgical decompression methods with the doctor; most hospitals are equipped with traction tables for treating back pain. Before surgery, the doctor will carefully examine the patient to determine the cause of the pinched nerve. Both during and after surgery, the patient will be cared for by compassionate nurses and doctors who speak English. Recovery time is only one or two days, but patients can extend their stay to receive follow-up care. The low costs of food and lodging make it affordable to stay in Latin America.
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