Sciatica surgery is only an option for people who have been suffering from sciatica chronically and cannot maintain a good quality of life by using less invasive treatment methods. The type of surgery utilized varies based on what's causing compression of the sciatic nerve.
The conditions that cause this compression and may be alleviated by sciatica surgery include:
- Ruptured or torn disc
- Bulging disc
- Bone spur
- Spinal arthritis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
Minimally Invasive Sciatica Surgery
When it comes time to make the decision to have surgery, there are two options available: open back sciatica surgery and endoscopic procedures. Endoscopic spine procedures, also known as minimally invasive procedures, apply the principles of arthroscopy to spine surgery. By using tiny tools fed through tubes to reach the afflicted area and a high definition camera to see it, surgeons are able to treat the patient with significantly reduced trauma to the body.
Advantages of endoscopic or minimally invasive procedures include:
- Outpatient rather than hospital setting
- Muscle is not cut to reach the surgery site
- Smaller incision
- Reduced risk of infection
- Less chance of scarring
- Faster recovery time
- Higher success rate
To learn more about sciatica surgery, including minimally invasive techniques, or to request a complimentary review of your CT scan or MRI, contact Laser Spine Institute. One of our spine doctors will look over your chart and contact you to discuss your eligibility for one of our procedures, as well as the other treatment options available to you.