Lumbar disc herniation

Lumbar disc herniation

Pain in the lower back and leg is usually the result of a disc herniation (slipped disc) in the lower region of the back, where 90 per cent of these cases occur. Numbness and pain can also be present in the toes, ankles and buttocks.

Ankle reflex may be lost and/or weakness in ankle “push-off” (patients unable to do toe raises).

How will surgery be performed?
How will surgery be performed?

Decompression is a surgical procedure performed to eliminate pain caused by pinched nerves.

A small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material from under the nerve root is removed to give the root more space and to provide a better healing environment.

There are two common types of spine surgery decompression procedures for relieving leg and foot pain:

  • Endoscopy discectomy
  • Semi-laminectomy with microscope

Both are often successful and can usually be done without any post- operative discomfort. The doctor will explain which option is best based on your condition and needs.

Sometimes, an additional fusion surgery is recommended to achieve greater decompression of a nerve root and obtain stability.

What kind of anaesthesia will be needed?
General anaesthesia.
How long will surgery take?
About three hours
Will I feel pain afterwards?
Little pain, easily controlled by medication,  typically dissipating within a week but in some cases, it can last for four to six weeks. If the operation is successful, the arm pain should go immediately and any discomfort will be a result of the surgery.
How long is recovery?

Four nights in hospital are usually required. Recovery time is quite fast but you should limit your activities to give your body a chance to heal.

Physiotherapy can usually begin between one and two weeks afterwards depending on the patient's condition. A detailed rehabilitation programme will be explained to you by our physical therapist, including performing daily exercises to recover the range of motion and strengthen weakened muscles.

Follow-up consultations with a doctor are recommended after one, three and six months.

Will there be bruising and swelling?

Some bruises and swelling, disappearing within a month

Will I have to remove the stitches?
Stitches will be removed by the surgeon after one week

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Lumbar Disc Herniation Surgery

Lumbar Disc Herniation Surgery & Leisure Combo

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Ear & Leisure Combo Package

Are you searching for a safe, reliable and high-quality destination for your surgery or medical treatment but at the same time want to enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of a travel hotspot? Look no further! We have the most suitable packages for you right here in Vietnam!

We can offer you the most professional surgery/ treatment + relaxing leisure combo programs, in conjunction with Buffalo Tours, a leading and award-wining tour operator in Vietnam. Packages can also be tailor-made to your own special desires.

Please note that all of our packages & prices are estimates only and that durations can vary, depending on the timing of your admission, your surgery/treatment and your condition to fly back home. In some cases your doctor might restrict you from certain activities and the below package might not be suitable for you.

Below follows an example of a package:

  • Day 01
    Arrival, welcome and airport pick-up by Buffalo Tours Representative. Transfer to Renaissance Riverside Hotel 5* ( for check-in and rest.
    Overnight at Renaissance.
  • Day 02
    Transfer to FV Hospital for first consultation(s)/tests.
    After first consultation(s)/tests, transfer back to Renaissance, stay overnight.
  • Day 03-07
    Transfer to FV Hospital for hospitalisation and surgery.



  • Day 07-09
    Transfer from FV to Thao Dien Village (

    Relax and enjoy the natural setting and tranquil atmosphere of the Thao Dien riverside complex. Choose from delicious European, Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese cuisine at the complex’s four restaurants.



  • Day 10

    “Riverway to Cu Chi”

    Cu Chi Tunnels is a massive system of tunnels combining to form an underground city during the American/Vietnam War. It has become a popular and must-see destination for many travellers. Buffalo Tours would like to offer you a new and exceptional way to discover this historical site: the trip combines a cruise, cultural experiences and history.

    At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250 kilometres from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel for what underground life in the American/Vietnam war must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for your benefit (otherwise you would not be able to enter them!).

    Leaving Saigon in the early morning, we board our speed boat from Saigon dock and leave the bustling city behind. From the boat, the city skyline gradually fades and is soon replaced by lush river banks. From the boat you can observe the daily life on the river. Along the way, you will stop at a lively market of Binh Duong Province, renowned for its variety of produce, from fresh seafood to flowers, fruits and traditional herbs. After visiting the market, you will enjoy a tea break in a local house before continuing to Cu Chi.

    Upon arrival at Cu Chi, you will watch a short introductory video on the tunnels’ construction. You will then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. Also on display are various man traps and the remains of an American tank, as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500-pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers. You then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving at approximately 2:00pm.
  • Day 11-21
    Relax at Thao Dien.
  • Day 22-23
    Thao Dien Village
    . Transfer to Long Hai beach, around 2.5 hours drive from HCMC.

    Arrival in Long Hai, check-in Ho Tram Osaka resort (

    Relax in Ho Tram resort.



  • Day 24
    Transfer back to HCMC. Overnight at Renaissance Riverside Hotel.

    Evening – “Bonsai Dinner Cruise” programme. Itinerary:

    Exclusive outdoor dining on the Saigon River

    Board the Bonsai, a replica of a Vietnamese Emperor’s dragon boat, for a memorable evening of dining and entertainment on the Saigon River. An extensive European and Asian Buffet, featuring show cooking by our executive chefs, will be served all evening, accompanied by a live performance.

    Embark Bonsai junk at Bach Dang pier at around 7.00pm. Complimentary welcome cocktail served on board.

    Scenic cruise along the Saigon River from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The junk’s two open sides provide uninterrupted views of HCMC’s illuminated sky line and the unique Saigon River way of life.

    Our carefully selected musical programme is the perfect relaxing accompaniment to the Bonsai’s intimate dinner cruise. After dinner you can also enjoy soft drinks at the stylish cocktail lounge on the upper deck.

    Choose from either a Euro-Asian buffet, or set menu options.

    We will then return to Bach Dang and disembark at around 9.30pm.



  • Day 25
    Transfer to FV for post-discharge consultation (or as recommended from doctor)  and flight back home.

Lumbar Disc Herniation Surgery

  • Lumbar disc herniation: US$3,600

Note: This package includes a MRI scan, however if you bring a recent MRI that is deemed medically satisfactory we will not repeat this examination and the price of the package will be reduced with US$330.

The package includes:

  • Pre-operative consultations and tests
  • Hospitalisation
  • Surgical procedure
  • Doctor fees
  • Regular treatment and tests during hospitalisation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Discharge treatment
  • Follow-up consultation