Spina Bifida Treatment Cost In Turkey

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Spina bifida is a congenital disability when the spine and spinal cord don't form properly. This is a kind of birth defect that affects the neural tube. The neural tube is a structure in an unborn baby that develops into the brain, spinal cord, and surrounding tissues.

When the neural tube doesn't close all the way, the backbone protecting the spinal cord does not form and close as it should. This often results in damage to the nerves and the spinal cord.

The two main spina bifida treatment options are fetal surgery during pregnancy or surgery on the baby right after birth.

Spina Bifida surgery after birth (Postnatal Spina Bifida Repair)  

During postnatal spina bifida surgery, your pregnancy is monitored, and a cesarean delivery is scheduled at 37 weeks.

  • Usually, spina bifida is treated through a surgical procedure within 24-48 hours after the baby is born
  • Your child will undergo general anesthesia
  • If present, the myelomeningocele (MMC) sac is removed by the Pediatric Neurosurgeon 
  • To protect the spinal cord, the specialist closes the surrounding tissue and skin over the defect
  • Post-surgery, the baby receives care in our Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU)

Spina Bifida surgery before birth (Prenatal Spina Bifida Repair)  

Prenatal repair of MMC prevents further damage as spinal cord damage progresses during gestation.

A prenatal repair could offer significantly better results than traditional postnatal repair:

  • It helps decrease the necessity of draining fluid from the brain through ventricular shunting
  • It reduces the incidence/severity of neurological effects, including impaired motor and sensory function of the legs
  • It improves mobility and the chances that a child will be able to walk independently 
  • It reverses the hindbrain herniation component of the Arnold-Chiari II malformation
Spina Bifida Treatment cost in Turkey is between USD 17100 to USD 20900. Patient has to stay in the hospital for 6 days and outside the hospital for 10 days. The total cost of the treatment depends on the diagnosis and facilities opted by the patient.

Inclusions in the package

The cost of Spina Bifida treatment includes the following:

  • Preoperative diagnostic tests cost, including Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) tests, maternal blood tests, and blood tests.
  • Surgery cost
  • Post-Operative cost (depends on the number of follow-up sessions)
  • Medicine cost (anti-inflammatory, painkillers, etc.)
  • Patient's hospital stay

Factors affecting cost of Spina Bifida Treatment

The overall cost of the procedure also varies based on the patient's condition and preferences. Some of these factors are:

  • Type of hospital and room opted (General, Twin sharing, or Single room)
  • The severity of the disease
  • Post-surgical complication, if it happens (such as Infection, bleeding, etc.)
  • Cost of blood products (if required)
  • Age of the patient
  • An extended stay at the hospital
  • Post-operational physiotherapy sessions 
  • Cost of accommodation during follow-ups, in case the patient is not a local resident

Cost related to Spina Bifida Treatment in Turkey

Listing approximate price of Spina Bifida Treatment and some related procedures. The prices may change depending upon the centers and condition of the patient.

Treatment name Cost range
Spina Bifida Treatment USD 17100 to USD 20900

Frequently asked questions related to expenses that most patients have when planing for Spina Bifida Treatment.

What is the cost of tests for spina bifida treatment?

Certain tests are done before a spina bifida treatment, such as maternal blood tests, ultrasound, and maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) test. The cost for these tests is generally included in the package.

Is the medicine cost included in the package?

All the medicines bought during the stay in the hospital are included in the package. When the patient is discharged, any medicines consumed outside the hospital are not covered in the package.

How long does the patient stay in the hospital after spina bifida treatment?

Babies who undergo post-natal surgery for spina bifida remain in the hospital for one to three weeks. After the surgery, the baby needs to spend 3-4 hours in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit and then be monitored in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The surgeon needs to see the baby for follow-up four to six weeks after he goes home. The baby needs to visit sooner if stitches need to be removed. 

List of Centers for Spina Bifida Treatment in Turkey

Popular Cities in Turkey for Spina Bifida Treatment are:

Leading Hospitals for Spina Bifida Treatment in Turkey

Doctors for Spina Bifida Treatment in Turkey

Children with Spina Bifida are often cared for by various medical professionals, including a Neurologist, Orthopaedist, and Physical Therapist.

Listing popular specialists:

Prof. Dr. Nejat Akalan

Prof. Dr. Nejat Akalan

Chairman, 31 years of experience

Medipol University Hospital, İstanbulLocation

Glioma, Movement disorders, Skull injuries, Nervous disorders, Spine tumors, Herniation

Spec. Dr. Murat Cobanoglu

Spec. Dr. Murat Cobanoglu

, 28 years of experience

Location

Lumbar hernia, Neck hernia, Waist Shift (Spondylolisthesis), Lumbar Stenosis, Tumors of the spinal cord, Pituitary tumors, Brain Tumors, Brain Bleedings, Brain Aneurysms, kyphosis, Low Back Pain, Non-Surgical Treatment of Low Back Pain, Non-Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Hernia, Low Back Pain Treatment with Epidural Injection, Caudal Epidural Injection, Transforaminal Injection, Nerve Congestion Diseases, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Wrist Nerve Stress), Kubel Tel Syndrome (Nerve Stress in Elbow), Laser Microdiscectomy

Dr. Kiril Lozanche

Dr. Kiril Lozanche

Senior Consultant, 39 years of experience

Acibadem Hospitals GroupLocation

Neurosurgery Multiple Sclerosis Alzheimer’s disease Brain Tumour Migraine Sleep Disorders Vascular Diseases Nerve-Muscle disorders Neurosis Dementia Tingling and Numbness

Dr. Ali Fahir Ozer

Dr. Ali Fahir Ozer

HOD, 37 years of experience

KOC University Hospital, IstanbulLocation

Brain Surgery Tumor Surgery

Dr.Ilya Pekarsky

Dr.Ilya Pekarsky

Consultant, 20 years of experience

Medical Park Group, IstanbulLocation

herniated discs, scoliosis, disc space narrowing, neurosurgical rehabilitation.

Prof. Dr. Zeki Şekerci

Prof. Dr. Zeki Şekerci

Professor, 33 years of experience

Medipol University Hospital, İstanbulLocation

EEG (Electroencephalography) Discectomy Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Waist Shift Foot Pain Gullian Barre Syndrome Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Spine Fracture Brachial Plexus Deep Brain Stimulation Treatment of neck hernia without surgery the Epiduroskop Treatment of herniated disc without surgery Neck hernia surgery microdiscectomy

Assoc. Prof. Onur Yaman

Assoc. Prof. Onur Yaman

Associate Professor, 25 years of experience

Memorial Hospitals Group, İstanbulLocation

Neurology Oncology

Dr. Sedat Dalbayrak

Dr. Sedat Dalbayrak

Professor, 28 years of experience

Okan University Hospital, TuzlaLocation

Spine and Spinal surgery, Spinal deformity surgery, Brain, Spine and Spinal cord tumors, Neurovascular surgery, Neurotrauma

Dr. Talat Kırış

Dr. Talat Kırış

Professor, 28 years of experience

American Hospital, IstanbulLocation

Intracranial hemorrhage Intracranial venous malformations Lumbar spinal stenosis Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors Medulloblastoma Meningioma Metachromatic leukodystrophy Movement disorders Moyamoya disease Multiple endocrine neoplasia, type 1 (MEN 1) Multiple sclerosis Myoclonus Nasal and paranasal tumors Neurofibromatosis Oligodendroglioma Parkinson's disease Pediatric brain tumors Peripheral nerve injuries Peripheral nerve tumors Peripheral neuropathy Pituitary tumors Scoliosis Seizures Spina bifida Spinal arteriovenous malformation (AVM) Spinal cord injury Spinal cord lymphoma Spinal cord tumor Spinal stenosis Stroke Subarachnoid hemorrhage Subdural hemorrhage Tourette syndrome Transient ischemic attack (TIA) Trigeminal neuralgia

Dr. Ali Cetin Sarioglu

Dr. Ali Cetin Sarioglu

Professor, 27 years of experience

American Hospital, IstanbulLocation

Brain tumors, Vascular diseases

Dr. Muzaffer Bayhan

Dr. Muzaffer Bayhan

Professor, 31 years of experience

American Hospital, IstanbulLocation

Intracranial tumors, Aneurysm, AVM surgery

Prof. Dr. Mustafa BOZBUGA

Prof. Dr. Mustafa BOZBUGA

Senior Consultant, 30 years of experience

NPISTANBUL Brain HospitalLocation

Neck hernia Brain Tumors Brain Vein Occlusion Scoliosis Pituitary Adenoma aneurysms Spondylolisthesis (Waist Shift) Herniated disc Spinal Cord Tumors Hydrocephalus Celebral hemorrhage Clot Discard Brain Vein Occlusion Treatment Pituitary Gland Tumor

Dr. Sait Sirin

Dr. Sait Sirin

Consultant, 28 years of experience

Medicana International IstanbulLocation

Spinal Surgery Neurooncology Functional Neurosurgery Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Waist Shift Gillian Barre Syndrome Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Spine Fracture Deep Brain Stimulation

Dr. Ugur Ture

Dr. Ugur Ture

Consultant, 33 years of experience

Yeditepe University Healthcare Institutions, IstanbulLocation

Nervous System and Skull Base Tumors Cerebrovascular Diseases Surgery Brain Surgery Tumor Surgery

Dr. Ali Savas

Dr. Ali Savas

Consultant, 28 years of experience

Acibadem Hospitals GroupLocation

Movement disorders - Tremor Dystonia Neurostimulation (brain pacemaker) applications Surgical treatment of pain (trigeminal neuralgia, cancer pain, facial pain, lower back and leg pain) Surgical treatment of Brain Tumors

Dr. Hakan Seckin

Dr. Hakan Seckin

Principal Consultant, 26 years of experience

Medicana International IstanbulLocation

Brain and spine tumors Endoscopic surgery for pituitary gland and skull base tumors Cerebrovascular diseases surgery Neuro-intensive care Surgery for Movement Disorders Parkinson’s diseases

Dr. Huseyin Dogu

Dr. Huseyin Dogu

Associate Professor, 29 years of experience

Medicine Hospital, IstanbulLocation

• Glial tumors • Meningiomas • Pituitary gland tumors • Metastatic brain tumors • Skull base tumors • Pontocerebellar corner tumors • Pineal tumors • Intra-ventricular tumors • Spine diseases surgery • Cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine fractures • Spine and spinal cord tumors • Scoliosis • degenerative spine diseases • Peripheral nerve disease surgery • Peripheral nerve tumors • Entrapment neuropathies • Carpal tunnel syndrome • Ulnar gutter syndrome • tarsal tunnel syndrome • Functional neurosurgery and pain surgery • Trigeminal neuralgia • Mikrovaskülerdekompresyo's • Epilepsy surgery • Spasticity surgery

Dr. Burak Orhan

Dr. Burak Orhan

Consultant, 20 years of experience

Hisar Hospital Intercontinental, IstanbulLocation

Skull base Neurosurgery,, Vascular Neurosurgery (Open & Endovascular),, Craniovertebral junction surgery, Neuro-Oncology (Awake Surgery, Brain Mapping and Intraoperative monitoring)

Dr. Hakan Kina

Dr. Hakan Kina

Consultant, 10 years of experience

Istinye University Medical Park Gaziosmanpasa Hospital, TurkeyLocation

Neurooncology, Skull Base Surgery, Neurovascular Surgery, Spine Surgery, Herniated Disc, Neck Hernia, Peripheral Arterial Interventions, Neuroanatomy

Dr. Mustafa Kilic

Dr. Mustafa Kilic

Consultant, 17 years of experience

I.A.U VM Medical Park Florya Hospital, IstanbulLocation

Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Spondylolysis, Spondylolisthesis

Success Rate

Prenatal surgery significantly improves the rate of ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement (44% prenatal surgery versus 84% postnatal), hindbrain herniation at 12 months of age (64% prenatal versus 96% postnatal), and independent walking at 30 months of age (45% prenatal versus 24% postnatal).

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