Decompression surgery as a treatment for sciatica

People with sciatica may consider a nerve decompression surgery for their condition if symptoms do not improve after several months of conservative treatment. The long sciatic nerve can become compressed by a number of spine conditions, including a herniated disc or arthritis, which can cause pain and limit mobility in the lower body. The goal of decompression surgery is to access the spine and remove the portion of spinal anatomy that is putting pressure on the sciatic nerve, thereby relieving symptoms.

Laser Spine Institute offers a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine procedures^ with our minimally invasive decompression surgery. We use a less than 1-inch incision to access the spine, which spares muscles and allows for an outpatient procedure. Depending on the specific nature of sciatic nerve compression, we offer a number of decompression surgical procedures that can help you get back to the life you’ve been missing if sciatica is affecting you.

Decompression procedures to address sciatica

Depending on the condition that is leading to sciatica symptoms, Laser Spine Institute may recommend one of the following minimally invasive procedures:

  • Discectomy. This procedure is used to remove protruding disc material when a slipped, bulging or herniated disc is pressing up against the sciatic nerve.
  • Foraminotomy. This decompression surgery involves opening a foramen, which is the passageway where the sciatic nerve root exits the spinal column.
  • Laminotomy. A laminotomy takes pressure off of nerves by removing a portion of the lamina, which is the protective bony structure that serves as a roof for the spinal canal.

Contact Laser Spine Institute about our procedures

Laser Spine Institute’s dedicated team of experts can help you evaluate your various surgical options to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our decompression surgeries. Since 2005 we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck or back pain at our state-of-the-art outpatient centers.

To learn more, contact one of our Spine Care Consultants for a no-cost MRI review* to help determine if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.

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