Can sciatica be cured with surgery?

If you have sciatica, surgery might provide the relief you need. But, you should proceed with caution. You may have some conservative treatment options that could ultimately prove to be just as effective for relieving your lower back pain and leg muscle spasms. Therefore, it may turn out that you don’t need surgery.

While there is no “cure” for sciatica, a surgeon can address the underlying source of your sciatic nerve compression, which may be a herniated disc, bone spur or thickened ligament. However, the goal of sciatica treatment is symptom relief, which can often be achieved without sciatica surgery. This is something that you’ll want to think about and discuss with your physician before you make a final decision to move forward with a surgical procedure. The fact is, if you are helped by physical therapy, medications and other conservative options, it may be unnecessary to treat the underlying cause of your discomfort with sciatica surgery.

Finding the best treatment approach for your sciatica

Before considering sciatica surgery, you are encouraged to explore and perhaps try all conservative options that are appropriate for you. Your physician can help you develop a customized treatment plan based on a number of unique factors, including:

  • The type, severity and duration of your discomfort
  • Your ability to tolerate your symptoms
  • Your activity level, occupation and lifestyle
  • Your personal preferences
  • Your body’s response to various nonsurgical treatment approaches

If you and your surgeon ultimately determine that you should move forward with sciatica surgery, you’ll need to decide on a specific procedure, which you should do only after reviewing the potential benefits, risks and outcomes of all appropriate options. You may also want to find out what your recovery may be like and how soon you can reasonably expect to see an improvement in your symptoms.

Where to turn for answers about sciatica surgery

As you learn about sciatica surgery, you may feel a bit overwhelmed by all of the available information, and you will likely have questions. Feel free to contact Laser Spine Institute. We can provide a free MRI review* along with the answers you need about your condition and its treatment options. The surgeons at Laser Spine Institute perform minimally invasive outpatient surgery that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery for treating sciatica.^ You might want to find out if you’re a candidate.

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