Why wait longer than you need to and how to avoid NHS Waiting Time for spine surgery? The maximum waiting time for non-urgent spine treatments and surgeries is 18 weeks and as NTS is recovering from the pandemic it can take more than two years to access surgery. What we have learned from our clients, sometimes they were forced to endure pain and possible disability by increasing NHS waiting times for spine surgery. With a little proactive thinking and determination, it is possible to get NHS refunded spine surgery sooner well within the 18-week maximum period. If your loved one or you are in pain, your wait for spine surgery is unacceptable for you and it is affecting your everyday activities, read on and discover how you could get the required treatment sooner…
Some clinics in Europe have agreed to accept patients with the S2 form. In order to get the S2 form you will need to have a private consultation with a surgeon in Italy (online or physically). After consultation, we will do the rest and the NHS should issue permission to travel abroad within 4 weeks. After that you will be placed on the waiting list in the clinic and treatment usually will be provided within 3 months, depending on your condition.
Avoid NHS Waiting Time for knitting of vertebrae.
The aim of this spine surgery abroad is to block separate movements of the vertebra of the spine, by knitting them together. As a result vertebra of the spine does not irritate and strangulate the spinal cord and nerve rootlets, thus limiting the cause of the pain. Knitting together of a vertebra is applied to treat various illnesses and injuries of the spine, for example, stenosis of the spine canal, spondylosis, scoliosis, and fractures to reduce backache and leg ache connected with degenerative processes in the discs of the spine. After the spine surgery, vertebras of the spine grow together within three to six months time. In certain cases, this process takes up a year. You can significantly reduce NHS waiting time for spine surgery like the knitting of vertebrae if you chose to have it abroad and get an NHS refund.
Avoid NHS Waiting Time for disc decompression
Decompression term is related to all types of surgical operations with the purpose to stretch the spine with the goal of relieving back pain and clearing space for compressed spinal cord and nerves. Depending on what type of tissues are being operated on to clear space for the spinal nerves, this surgical treatment is called: laminectomy (taking out of the part of the bone that is located in the back part of the spinal canal and creating a peculiar roof above the spinal cord), foraminotomy (taking out of the part of the bone through which the spinal nerve goes through – in space where the nerve rootlet of the spine goes out from the vertebra of the spine). You can significantly reduce NHS waiting time for spine surgery like decompression if you chose to have it abroad and get an NHS refund.
Avoid NHS Waiting Time for laminectomy
Laminectomy is performed to reduce pressure on the spine of the canal. With the help of this surgical treatment abroad lumbar spinal stenosis and spondylosis are treated. Spine surgery abroad usually uses implants, thus attaining greater stability in a particular stage of the spine. During laminectomy small part of the bone is taken out located in the back part of the lumbar canal. Spine surgery abroad provides a feeling of immediate relief, pain is reduced. Still, pain in the legs, insensibility and weakness can last for several weeks after the spine surgery abroad.
Avoid NHS Waiting Time for foraminotomy
Foraminotomy takes the pressure off of a nerve in your spinal column. During foraminotomy, a small part of the bone and other tissues are taken out that compress nerves of the spine at its exit from the spinal vertebra. The majority of patients immediately feel relief and disturbing symptoms goes away completely. In separate cases, the pain stays for a few days after the spine surgery abroad.
Avoid NHS Waiting Time for microdiscectomy
Microdiscectomy can be performed in every part of the spine – cervical, chest or lumbar. The spine surgeon reaches the damaged disc from the back through muscles and bones. The spine surgeon reaches the disc by performing the opening of the spinal canal – fenestration. There are different surgical tools and methods to perform a discectomy. The opened technique uses a big incision in the skin and lifting of muscles, in order surgeon could directly see the anatomy. A minimally invasive technique that is called Microdiscectomy uses a small incision into the skin and discectomy is performed under the control of the microscope. Microdiscectomy is performed to treat herniated lumbar disc and eliminate pain in the legs related to that. The minimally invasive technique provides smaller traumatisation of tissues and can reduce recovery time. You can significantly reduce NHS waiting time for spine surgery like microdiscectomy if you chose to have it abroad and get an NHS refund.
Avoid NHS Waiting Time for Cervical discectomy
Cervical (neck part) discectomy, it can be very effective to eliminate pain caused by the compressed nerve rootlets and stenosis of the spine. During spine surgery abroad intervertebral disc or several discs are surgically removed. Cervical discectomy is performed through a small incision in the frontal part of the neck. After taking out of the disc space between vertebras is replaced with an artificial implant of the disc to maintain the correct distance between vertebras that is physiologically secured by the disc.
Avoid NHS Waiting Time for replacement of the spine disc
Replacement of the spine disc is performed with the purpose to reduce backache. During the surgical treatment abroad damaged parts of the lumbar disc or several discs are removed, replacing them with artificial – implants made from metal or other materials. Replacement of discs can be performed both in the cervical and lumbar part. You can significantly reduce NHS waiting time for spine surgery like the replacement of the spinal disc if you chose to have it abroad and get an NHS refund.
Avoid NHS Waiting Time for kyphoplasty
Kyphoplasty is a little invasive surgical treatment abroad that is performed to heal osteoporotic fractures of the spine vertebrae. A special balloon is inserted to stabilize the damaged vertebra with the purpose to straighten out places of fracture and restore the anatomically correct shape of the vertebra. When it is achieved, a balloon is taken out and an acrylic cohesive substance is injected into the vertebra to fixate and maintain the correct height and shape of the vertebra.
Avoid NHS Waiting Time for vertebroplasty
Vertebroplasty is a little invasive surgical treatment abroad that is performed for the treatment abroad of fractures of the osteoporotic vertebra of the spine. The place of the fracture is stabilized with a special cohesive substance that is injected into the ruptured place of the vertebra. In the case of vertebroplasty, the initial physiological height and shape of the vertebra are not restored. You can significantly reduce NHS waiting time for spine surgery like vertebroplasty if you chose to have it abroad and get an NHS refund.
Avoid NHS Waiting Time for injection in facet joints.
Injection in facet joints. Facet joints are located in the back of the spine vertebrae between each pair of vertebras. These joints secure the stability of the spine and create the possibility to bend and turn.
Osteoarthritis of the facet joint is caused by the wear and tear of the cartilage of those joints. It usually causes explicit pain. Reasons for the wear and tear of the cartilage can be preliminary fractures and traumas of the vertebra. Still, the most typical reason is the ageing process of the spine.
By introducing analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications in joints, injections can reduce pain caused by arthritis. Local anaesthesia is used for performing facet joint injections and it is done under X-ray control.
Avoid NHS Waiting Time for an epidural blockade
The epidural blockade, is an effective minimally invasive treatment abroad that is used for the treatment of inflammation of the spinal cord and nerve rootlets. It is applied in various illnesses of the lumbar part of the spine by introducing long-lasting steroid medications in the epidural space of the spinal canal. This treatment abroad provides the ability to rapidly reduce or prevent pain caused by the inflammation of nerve structure. This is also done abroad n Poland where it is much cheaper. You can significantly reduce NHS waiting time for spine treatments like an epidural blockade if you chose to have it abroad and get an NHS refund.
Some types of spine surgery can be covered by the NHS and can be refunded. If Spine surgery is received in a private clinic abroad. Spine surgery abroad could be an alternative you can afford.