The surgeons of the Brain & Spine Clinic are constantly collecting and reviewing surgical results for spinal surgery. Prior to going ahead with surgery, they will have an in-depth discussion with you about the specific benefits and risks of the procedure you might be considering. This will be individual dependent, and be influenced by a variety of factors such as the severity of your underlying spinal problem, the nature of your symptoms and your other medical history.

In order to give you an idea of our success rates of spinal surgery, here are some figures that you might find useful. These are based on more than 500 operations per surgeon performed over the past 4 years:

  • Decompressive lumbar surgery
    o Complete relief of leg symptoms 71%
    o Partial relief of leg symptoms 23%
    o No improvement 6%
    o Average leg pain score 3 months after surgery is 2 (on a pain scale where 0 is no pain and 10 is maximum)
    o Complication rate of 3%

  • Decompressive neck surgery

    o Complete relief of arm symptoms 80%
    o Partial (but significant) relief of arm symptoms 20%
    o No improvement 0%
    o Complication rate 6%

  • Overall satisfaction

    o Very satisfied 81%
    o Somewhat satisfied 8%
    o Neither satisfied or dissatisfied 7%
    o Somewhat dissatisfied 4%