Slipped Disc Removal (Orthopaedic)


A microdiscectomy is the removal of a herniated or slipped disc.

Your back is made up of 24 hollow bones held together by fibrous plates called discs. Your discs can become worn or be injured causing the spongy centre of the disc to push out of its normal space. This is called a herniated or slipped disc. Sometimes herniated discs put pressure on the nerves in your spine which may cause pain running up over your hip and down your leg (sciatica) or perhaps pins and needles or numbness in your leg and pain in your lower back.
Your consultant may send you for an MRI scan and then recommend this procedure.

  • 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 237727 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

    The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    Patient pathway Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post-discharge care Guide Price
    Hospital fees n/a £6,000 Included £6,000
    Guide Price Nil £6,000 Nil £6,000
  • 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 microdiscectomy is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Your consultant will make an incision on the centre of your back between the vertebrae. They will use an operating microscope to make a hole in the ligament between the vertebrae to show the nerve and the disc, the nerve will be held out of the way and the herniated section of the disc removed. The incision will be closed usually using dissolvable stitches and the wound covered with a dressing.

Most people make a good recovery and return to normal activities following a microdiscectomy. As with any surgery there can be complications:

• Pain
• Bleeding
• Infection of the surgical site (incision)
• Scarring
• Blood clots (DVT – deep vein thrombosis)
• Difficulty passing urine

Following this procedure you will stay in hospital overnight. Before you are discharged a physiotherapist will visit you to teach you some exercises and show you how to move about for the first few weeks. You may be asked to walk up and down stairs prior to discharge and you need to ensure that you have arranged for someone to drive you home.

You will be very tired and you may need help with daily activities at first. You should avoid heavy lifting, bending, twisting and sitting for long periods, which your consultant will discuss with you following your procedure.

To find out more:

If you would like to come to KIMS contact our Reservations team on 01622 237727 or email

Our Consultants

  • Mr Neil Slater

    MA FRCS FRCS (Orth)

    • Hip Pain
    • Hip Replacement
    • Slipped Disc Removal (Orthopaedic)
  • Mr Steven Lau

    MBCHB, BSC (Medsci), PG DIP in Trauma & Orthopaedics, FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics)

    • Slipped Disc Removal (Orthopaedic)
  • Mr Imran Rafiq

    MBBS, MRCS, MSc, MCh Orthopaedic, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

    • Slipped Disc Removal (Orthopaedic)