Surgery for sciatica is often the last option for treatment for sciatica. Surgery for sciatica may only be available for particular cases of sciatica. Below is some information on surgery for sciatica.
When Should I Consider Surgery For Sciatica?
Surgery for sciatica is usually reserved for situations when the compressed nerve causes significant muscle weakness, loss of bowel or bladder control, or severe pain that gets progressively worse. It is generally reasonable to consider sciatica surgery if your symptoms haven’t improved after 2 to 3 months of conservative, non-surgical treatments.
What Are the Available Sciatica Surgery Options?
The main purpose of sciatica surgery is to decompress the nerve. Sciatic nerve decompression can be achieved with an open procedure or a minimally invasive (endoscopic) procedure. An open sciatica decompression procedure requires that the surgeon cut open the skin with a large incision to gain access to the compressed nerve. Open procedures are invasive and, depending on the procedure, may require up to a year of recovery. However, with a minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon needs only a tiny incision to decompress the troubled nerve.
Sciatic nerve operation success rates for both types of procedure are about equal. But minimally invasive procedures are associated with less pain and faster recovery than open procedures.
Because sciatica can be caused by many different conditions, the sciatica surgery that would bring relief to you may be different than what would help another patient. Surgery for sciatica may relieve your symptoms of sciatica. If you think you should get surgery for sciatica is is best to consult your doctor.