Minimally invasive stabilization for sciatica
If your doctor has recommended open back spinal fusion surgery for sciatica symptoms, we invite you to learn more about your treatment alternatives. Here at Laser Spine Institute, we perform minimally invasive spine surgery, a safer and effective alternative to open back spinal fusion for sciatica.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica describes a number of symptoms that occur in the lower back, buttocks, legs and feet. Sciatica is caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve, causing sensations of tingling, numbness, shooting pain and muscle weakness. The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest in the body, running from the base of the spine and down through both legs. Sciatica generally occurs on one side of the body, but it can affect both sides.
In most cases, an open back spinal fusion is not necessary to manage sciatica symptoms. Conservative treatments, such as stretching, hot/cold compresses, physical therapy and others, can often help you find relief. In cases where chronic, debilitating symptoms persist, surgery might be recommended.
Minimally invasive surgery for sciatica
At Laser Spine Institute, we perform more minimally invasive spine surgeries each month than any other surgery center in the world. Minimally invasive spine surgery for the lumbar (lower back) region can help to provide relief from sciatica by achieving two goals:
- Removing the source of the painful spinal nerve compression
- Permanently immobilizing the affected vertebral segment to prevent recurrence of the nerve compression
Our minimally invasive procedures are often an appropriate choice if you have tried conservative treatments for several months, without finding relief. Minimally invasive procedures offer a number of advantages compared to traditional open spine fusion, including the following:
- Performed as outpatient procedures
- Small incision
- Less surgical blood loss
- Reduced risk of infection
- Muscle-sparing techniques spread muscles without cutting
In addition, 88 percent of our patients return to daily activities within three months of having stabilization surgery.
Learn more about sciatica treatment
If you would like to learn more about minimally invasive spine surgery for sciatica, contact a member of our Care Team. We will assess your situation and determine if we can help. Please know that our goal is to provide you with the highest level of care and comfort, at all times. Call today to see if you are a candidate for surgery at our center.