Martin Murphy

Is spine surgery a guaranteed success?

Endoscopic lumbar discectomy

Each part of the spine is an amazingly complex and unique piece of anatomy. What makes the spine fascinating for spine specialists also can make treating problems quite complex. Even seemingly straight forward procedures that go perfectly well may not result in perfect clinical results. I will quote you rough percentages of success with injection therapies, and surgical therapies. I will not make any guarantees of perfect success. As can be seen from my testimonials, the vast majority of my patients are very happy with my treatments, but I will always list the potential morbidities and risks of surgical interventions. Teh biggest risk of surgery quite frequently is that it may not work.

If your pain is affecting your daily activities, then you should explore surgical options in a no-pressure open-minded fashion. I would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of surgery, though in truth I tend to be quite conservative, and frequently advise physiotherapy or nerve root injection treatments.  

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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