Trapped Nerve Release

(Lumbar Laminectomy)


A Lumbar Laminectomy (trapped nerve release), is a common type of surgery to treat spinal stenosis which is where the spinal canal narrows which may cause pain or weakness in your legs.

Your spine is made up of a column of bones called vertebrae. The vertebrae are arched at the back and joined together by small facet joints and spongy discs between the vertebrae. The arches (laminae) form a protective tunnel called the spinal canal. The spinal cord passed down the spinal canal from your brain. Nerves from your spinal cord and blood vessels that supply the nerves pass into this canal within the vertebrae.

The spinal canal tends to narrow as we get older caused by wear and tear in the facet joints, thickening of surrounding ligaments, bulging discs arthritis and other conditions that cause problems with your bones.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.

    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you.

    Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our Reservations team can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant.

    Call our Reservations team on 01622 914 718 or email


  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation (see what’s included below). This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Prices
    Patient Pathway Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post-discharge care Guide Price
    Hospital fees n/a £5,265 Included £5,265
    Guide price Nil £5,265 Nil £5,265
  • What’s Included

    The fixed price package above includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital.

    You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons:

    • The Consultant you choose 
    • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment
    • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you 
    • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you

    In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

A lumbar laminectomy is carried out under general anaesthetic. The procedure takes between 1 and 3 hours. Your consultant will make a vertical cut on the centre of your back. They will part the muscles to get to your spine and remove enough bone and ligament tissue to open up the narrowed part of the canal, giving the nerves and blood vessels more room. During the procedure the consultant may insert a special membrane to prevent adhesions to the spinal cord. Your incision will be closed with stitches or clips and a drain may be inserted to help your wound to heal. This is usually removed after one or two days.

You will usually be able to start walking the next day with the help and support of the physiotherapists. You will normally stay in hospital for three or four days and you should keep your wound dry for four or five days. Your consultant will discuss when your stitches or clips should be removed and arrange a follow up appointment before discharge.

To find out more:

If you would like to come to KIMS contact our Reservations team on 01622 914 718 or email

Our Consultants

  • Mr Christos Tolias

    MB BS PhD FRCS (Eng) FRCS (SN)

    • Slipped Disc Removal
    • Thoracic Outlet Decompression
    • Trapped Nerve Release
  • Mr Richard Selway

    MA FRCS (Eng) FRCS (SN)

    • Slipped Disc Removal
    • Thoracic Outlet Decompression
    • Trapped Nerve Release
  • Mr Tony Elias

    MS; FRCS Ed; FRCS Glasg: MCh; FRCS (Surgical Neurology)



    • Slipped Disc Removal
    • Trapped Nerve Release
  • Mr Bassel Zebian

    MBBS, BSc(Hons), MRCS(Eng), FRCS(Neuro.Surg)

    • Slipped Disc Removal
    • Trapped Nerve Release
  • Mr John Norris

    MB CHB (Bristol, 1986), FRCS (Edinburgh, 1990), FRCS(SN) (Intercollegiate, 1995), Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) 1997

    • Slipped Disc Removal
    • Thoracic Outlet Decompression
    • Trapped Nerve Release