Spine Treatment in Israel

Профессор Цви Лидар

Zvi Lidar


Director of the Spinal Surgery Unit

Spine Treatment in Israel

An examination for spine conditions at Top Ichilov takes 1-2 days and costs from $686.

At Top Ichilov, treatment for spine conditions is provided by the famous Israeli spine surgeons:

  • Doctor Z. Lidar;
  • Doctor I. Pekarsky.

Surgery: robot-assisted surgery using systems: Mazor, O-Arm, SpineAssist; placement of spinal implants: TOPS, Coflex, DIAM, VBR, M6-I.

Minimally invasive surgery: endoscopic vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, endoscopic discectomy, laser vaporization, cold plasma nucleoplasty, chemonucleolysis.

Conservative treatment options: athermic laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, electrotherapy, bracing: Rigo Cheneau brace, Milwaukee brace, etc.

Spine Conditions Treated At Top Ichilov

  • Back pain related to herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Scoliosis
  • Herniated disc, etc.
  • Osteochondrosis
  • Spinal fracture
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spine deformity

Spine Condition Diagnosis In Israel

At Top Ichilov Clinic, spine conditions or back pains are diagnosed with the following methods:

  • Spine X-ray According to the Special Scoliosis Method

Used in all scoliosis patients upon admission to an Israeli clinic. Experts make a panoramic X-ray of the spine including the hips and the lower jaw, in multiple projections.

Price for X-ray: $336

  • MRI of the Spine

Used to minimize the risks before surgery. The method helps receive an image of the spine in various planes. The scanning of one spine region takes up to 30 minutes.

Price for MRI: $1,362

MRI in Israel
Equipment at the Imaging Department of Ichilov Medical Center
  • Computed Tomography

This method helps assess the state of both the spinal column itself and the surrounding vessels and soft tissues. The examination is mainly indicated:

  • for traumatic injuries;
  • for degenerative changes in the vertebrae;
  • for spinal stenosis.

As a result of the study, the doctor receives a cross-sectional image of the spine. At that, slices may be up to 1mm thick.

  • Myelography

The procedure is carried out using regular X-rays, computed tomography or MRI. A contrast medium is injected into the subarachnoid space, and the doctor watches it spread.

This examination is often recommended in cases where other imaging methods proved unable to identify the cause of back pain. This diagnostic option helps assess the state of nerve roots and acquire a more detailed bone and cartilage scan compared to other studies.

  • Bone Scan

This diagnostic option helps identify tumors and inflammatory changes inside the spine. In oncology, it is used to diagnose both primary spine tumors and bone metastases. A bone scan may also be used to diagnose infections and inflammatory conditions developing due to various causes.

The Program Of Spine Condition Diagnosis In Israel

Day 1. Consultation with a Diagnostician

Doctor I. Molchanov, Head of the Top Ichilov Diagnostic Department, examines the patient and studies their medical records. He asks about the patient’s active complaints, the treatment they received, etc. Then, Doctor Molchanov compiles medical documents in Hebrew for the Israeli spine surgeons and refers the patient for diagnostic procedures.

Day 2. Diagnostic Procedures

The patient undergoes:

Treatment in Israel
Ichilov medical Center
  • imaging studies that may include X-rays, MRI, CT, etc. If the patient made an MRI scan before, the Israeli neurosurgeon may review the results;
  • laboratory tests, myelography and other studies if indicated.

Day 3. Examination by a Neurosurgeon and Treatment Planning

The patient is examined by a neurosurgeon. The doctor determines the treatment strategy – either conservative or surgical.

Price for examination: from $686. Duration: 1-2 days.

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How Is Spine Treatment In Israel Different From Treatment In The Eastern European Countries?

  • Use of minimally invasive techniques. Israeli spine surgeons are adept at minimally invasive surgery techniques. These interventions are less traumatic than open surgery. They also ensure faster recovery.
  • Use of spinal robotics. In Israel, complex spine surgery involves using robotic technologies. The Mazor surgical robot developed by Israeli scientists helps place the screws to fix the spine with 100% accuracy. This significantly reduces the risk of complications and improves the quality of surgery.
  • Neurophysiological monitoring during spine surgery. This type of monitoring helps control the important functions of the nervous system and prevent any damage to neural structures. This improves the safety of surgery.

Physicians Treating The Spine In Israel

Профессор Цви Лидар

Doctor Zvi Lidar, neurosurgeon, expert in spine surgery. Head of Spine Surgery Subdivision at Ichilov Hospital. Specializes in minimally invasive interventions performed through a puncture in the skin. The Forbes Magazine included Doctor Lidar into the list of Israel’s best physicians in 2016.


Professor Izhar Fluman, one of the most experienced and reputable Israeli specialists in spine treatment. Head of Spine Surgery Center. Performs complex surgery for scoliosis, spinal stenosis, spine injuries in children and adults.

Доктор Илья Пекарский

Doctor Ilya Pekarsky, neurosurgeon, leading specialist in spine surgery. Work experience: over 30 years. Performs complex spine surgery for injuries and herniated discs. Operated on E. Plushenko, the Olympic Champion, and other celebrities.

Докттор Овадия Дрор

Doctor Dror Ovadia – neurosurgeon, spine surgeon, specialist in surgical and conservative treatment for scoliosis in children. Head of Pediatric Orthopedic Subdivision at Ichilov Medical Center where he has been working for about 20 years. Performs all types of surgery for scoliosis in children including unique, complex surgical interventions.

Spine Treatment Methods

Herniated Disc Treatment Options In Israel

Israeli spine surgeons prefer to treat herniated discs with minimally invasive techniques ensuring a significantly faster recovery in comparison with conventional surgery. Herniated disc treatment methods at Top Ichilov:

Doctor Zvi Lidar
Doctor Zvi Lidar consulting patients at Top Ichilov

3-Week Conservative Treatment Regimen

The regimen is provided by Doctor Zvi Lidar. Treatment includes special exercises and physiotherapy.


The doctor may prescribe oral medications:

  • anti-inflammatory drugs;
  • calcium (for osteoporosis patients);
  • chondroprotectors (to restore the cartilage).

Besides, severe back pain may require epidural steroid injections, a nerve root block or a facet block.

Minimally Invasive Discectomy

Surgery is carried out through a single incision no longer than 2.5cm in diameter. The surgeon removes the damaged disc completely or partially through this incision. At our clinic, these types of surgery are performed by Doctor Zvi Lidar.

Replacement of the Intervertebral Disc with an Artificial Implant

In the past, removal of damaged discs required spinal fusion, or permanent connection of several vertebrae. This type of surgery resulted in the loss of spine flexibility. The new method has no drawbacks typical of spinal fusion and does not restrain movement in the back. In some cases, recovery after disc replacement takes less time than conventional surgery. Materials used in disc replacement are similar to those required for knee and hip replacement surgery.

Профессор Цви Лидар

Today, spine surgery is largely performed with robotic systems. One of these systems is known as the Mazor robot. It is equipped with software that helps acquire a three-dimensional image of spine structure and provide careful surgical planning. Thanks to this robot, the surgeon knows exactly what spinal implants will be needed, what their length and width should be and where the small holes in vertebrae should be made to ensure the most accurate implant placement – and all this information is available to the surgeon upon entering the operating room. This substantially improves the accuracy of spine surgery.

Doctor Zvi Lidar

Head of Spine Surgery Department

Scoliosis Treatment Options In Israel

Thanks to the cutting-edge technologies, Israeli spine surgeons are able to correct even the most severe forms of scoliosis in children and adults. Doctors here often help patients from the post-Soviet states who were unable to receive effective medical help in their home countries. Scoliosis diagnosis and treatment options at Top Ichilov:

Conservative Treatment with Bracing

Used in children if their spines are still growing, mainly for scoliosis degrees 1, 2 and 3 with a curve of 25 to 45 degrees (Cobb angle). Depending on the extent of scoliosis and the patient’s body, the doctor selects a brace – either supporting (posture corrector, thoracolumbar brace) or corrective (Cheneau brace, Milwaukee brace, etc.).

Price for conservative treatment: $6,743.


Used in children and adults for scoliosis degrees 3 and 4 with a curve (Cobb angle) of more than 45 degrees. In Israel, surgery is carried out with the state-of-the-art Renaissance system developed by Mazor Robotics, an Israeli company. The system provides accurate 3D surgical planning.

Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options In Israel

This condition is usually diagnosed in older patients. In Israel, however, surgical spine treatment has no age limits. Depending on the condition, the following types of surgery may be used:

Spinal Surgery in Israel

Decompressive Laminectomy

The surgeon removes a small piece of vertebral bone tissue above the nerve root and partially removes the intervertebral disc. This creates a free space around the nerve and eliminates compression. Surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes up to 3 hours.


The surgeon removes the facet joints located between the vertebrae.

Endoscopic Foraminotomy

Minimally invasive surgery performed to widen the intervertebral foramen and free the pinched nerve root. The surgical intervention is carried out through a 7mm incision. The hospital stay required for this type of surgery is 1 day. According to the clinical trials, the effectiveness and safety of the procedure increase when using the innovative O-Arm navigation system.

The Groundbreaking Spine Treatment Options In Israel

  • Surgery Using the O-Arm Robotic Navigation System

The O-Arm system provides the spine surgeon with 2D and 3D images of the operating field during spine surgery. The process of scanning and image transmission takes only 50 seconds. The use of this system helps determine the most appropriate place for the spinal implant. The system is also used to remove spine tumors.

  • Placement of the TOPS Spinal Implants

These implants are an alternative to spinal fusion, a surgical procedure to fix the vertebrae and make them immobile. The TOPS implants preserve spine flexibility. Clinical trials have shown high efficacy and safety of the surgical implant placement.

Prices For Spine Treatment In Israel

ProcedurePrice, $
Non-surgical treatment regimen for herniated discInquire about the price
Herniated disc surgery12070
MRI of the spine1096
Preparation for spine surgery (tests + consultation with anesthesiologist)Inquire about the price
Appointment with a spine surgeon578

*Attention! Payments are only accepted directly by the Ichilov-Sourasky Clinic. Avoid intermediaries.

How To Receive Spine Treatment At Top Ichilov

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