The cost of back surgery depends on many different factors. The age of the patient, his general state of health, his past medical history and the extent of the procedure are just a few of the factors that are taken into account when formulating a back surgery price. Some of these factors can even be subjective, depending on how the patient wants to be treated and what the surgeon thinks is best for him.
Of all back surgery procedures, the most common one is the herniated disc procedure. Herniated disc occurs when there is a bulge (or herniation) of one or more vertebrae in the spine. This causes a great deal of pain, and it can, in some cases, lead to the need for surgical intervention. In such cases, the patient will be given a list of different treatment options, and will be told what his particular condition is, so he can make a decision about his own course of treatment. The cost of the procedure, therefore, will depend on whether or not the patient needs surgery.
Spinal fusion is a relatively new back surgery option, but is proving extremely popular. In spinal fusion, the surgeon makes a small incision in a region where there is a weakness in the spine, usually near where the spinal fusion is performed. This weak area is then strengthened, which in turn relieves the patient of much of the pain that he would otherwise have undergone. Because this treatment does not involve any surgery, there is very little evidence of any post-operative pain or complications, and patients are free to return to their normal activities almost immediately.