Martin Murphy


Endoscopic lumbar discectomy


Endoscopic spine surgery is suitable for some kinds of lumbar intervertebral disc problems. I can advise you if such an approach is suitable for your problem, and of the potential benefits and risks of such an approach compared with a standard lumbar microdiscectomy. Both options are now available in my practice, thereby allowing an unbiaised decision to be made on which approach is best suited for your individual case.

  • Interspinous spacers

    Interspinous spacers

    Are they a stand-alone effective treatment for lumbar stenosis? No. Recent literature suggests that interspinous spacers on their own do not result in a clinically satisfactory result for patients...
  • Endoscopic lumbar discectomy

    Endoscopic lumbar discectomy

    Ireland's first endoscopic discectomy I recently perfromed the first lumbar endoscopic discectomies in Ireland. A 7mm incision is all that's required now using...
  • Is spine surgery a guaranteed success?

    Is spine surgery a guaranteed success?

    Each part of the spine is an amazingly complex and unique piece of anatomy. What makes the spine fascinating for...
  • Is spine surgery risky?

    Is spine surgery risky?

    Nothing in life is risk free. The risks of spine surgery are small, but certainly not zero. I would...
  • Fellowship in Spinal Surgery

    Fellowship in Spinal Surgery

    Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis USA I completed a spinal neurosurgery fellowship in Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis USA, having firstly finished my...

What if I haven’t any health insurance?

How costly is surgery if I don't have any health insurance?

If you haven’t any health insurance cover, then spinal surgery in a private hospital can be expensive. My secretary can call the hospitals and get an all-in price for any procedures that I may recommend.

Whilst spinal surgery is expensive, the cost of not being able to work to full capacity is often more financially debilitating.


  • Suite 16 Blackrock Clinic : Alternate Mondays
  • Suite 15 Beacon Hospital: Alternate Mondays
  • Affidea Clinic in Kilkenny: Tuesday once a month

Can I be seen in the public system?

Yes. I would be very happy to see you and treat you in the public health system also in Tallaght University Hospital or Naas General Hospital. An unfortunate result of decades of inadequate resourcing of both the hospital network in general, and spinal surgery specifically, is an admittedly unacceptable long waiting time both to be seen in the outpatients clinic and to be operated on. All patients are seen and operated on on the basis of clinical need.

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