What is spinal stenosis, why it needs to be treated and why to have spinal stenosis surgery in Spain? The narrowing of the spinal canal and obstruction of the nerves located within the spinal canal is called lumbar spinal stenosis. Most commonly, lower parts of the lumbar spine are affected. The nerves located in this part of the spine are responsible for the innervation of the legs. In fact, symptoms can lead too, and cause, problems affecting the quality of life for example: walking. Specialised high-level private medical treatment is available in the biggest cities in Spain without any delays.
Why spinal stenosis surgery is required?
Surgery may be considered if other treatments haven’t helped or if your everyday activity is limited by your symptoms. The goals of surgery include relieving the pressure on your spinal cord or nerve roots by creating more space within the spinal canal. Surgery to decompress the area of stenosis is the most definitive way to try to resolve symptoms of spinal stenosis.
Recovery time for spine surgery depends on the individual patient and the complexity of the required surgery. Typically, the recovery time for spinal stenosis surgery is 4 to 6 days and 2 to 3 days for herniated disc surgery.
Hospitals in Spain
Quirónsalud has clinics and hospitals across Spain and many UK residents chose to have treatment in Spain. Quirónsalud is the largest hospital group in Spain. Following a merger with the German company, Fresenius-Helios, they now are the largest hospital group in Europe. The hospital network covers all medical specialities; earning national and international prestige for its work in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease, cancer, neurological illnesses, as well as orthopaedic, ophthalmologic, pediatric, and gynaecological conditions.
Quirónsalud network has over 125 care centres, of which 50 are general hospitals and 7 are university hospitals in all the biggest cities in Spain. Internationally, Quirónsalud has centres in Dubai, Lisbon, Peru and Medellín (Colombia).
Spinal stenosis surgery in Madrid
Madrid is one of the most visited destinations in Spain and many of Quirónsalud patients visit their Ruber International hospital. The Ruber International Hospital is operating as a “comprehensive hospital. Central Services, the Medical-Surgical Units of the different specialities and Collaborating Physicians, are interrelated with each other and integrated into the Hospital processes. This approach enables achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the different medical, healthcare, teaching and research activities.
A rigorous selection of medical equipment, with highly experienced healthcare personnel, together with the continuous provision of the most sophisticated and effective equipment in medical technology, successfully facilitates an optimum level of healthcare. The hospital has 174 comfortable individual rooms with terraces. The experienced and expert team conducts over 300 spinal surgeries in the hospital yearly.
Spine specialists in Madrid
Notably, one of the best spinal specialists that are working in the Ruber International hospital is Dr Fernando Álvarez-Sala Walther who specialises in the treatment of the spine. During the treatments, he uses the most advanced technology for spinal surgery: O-arm technology, an intraoperative imaging system that allows a three-dimensional view of the patient’s anatomy in real-time, while the operation is being performed.
Spinal stenosis surgery in Spain for the NHS patients
In light of the pandemic situation in the UK, every NHS hospital in the UK has now suspended or delayed all non-urgent elective operations. In addition, other medical services, like specialist visits and scans, like x-ray or MRI are under strain and in many cases unavailable. Many NHS patients have been asked to wait a further 6-12 month in addition to existing treatment delays.
If you require surgery or any medical treatment; you can receive it in Spain. If you are on an NHS waiting list the switch to Spain is even easier. If you are on the NHS waiting list for stenosis surgery and you do not wish to wait- we have the solution. You can receive your planned surgery if you spend more than 6 months in the UK per year. If you have a property in Spain but have not moved there permanently you are still eligible for NHS treatment. So you can choose to have it done in Spain and enjoy the recovery process there. You can even choose one of the Quirónsalud hospitals in Spain.
There is a way to claim expenses for medical treatment from the NHS. As a taxpayer, you have paid for your treatment. The rules on how to claim a refund from the NHS for treatment received in Spain are quite complex. If you don’t follow the correct procedures you will end up with a rejected refund application rejection. In addition, rules and conditions of the NHS refund are different and depend on the area you live in. This is due to NHS England having a hundred different regional bodies, with their own rules and conditions of refund: we can support this. More information on NHS refund for treatment in Spain.