Degenerative disc disease and sciatica —minimally invasive treatment
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) can be a source of sciatica, which is compression of the sciatic nerve that enables movement and sensation in much of the lower body. Symptoms of sciatica typically consist of pain, pins and needles sensations and other related symptoms in the buttocks, hips, legs and feet. The discomfort can range from mildly irritating, when it might feel like nothing more than a muscle cramp, to debilitating, when it creates shooting pains that make it almost impossible to stand or sit.
While many patients with DDD-related sciatica are able to find relief with conservative treatments including rest, physical therapy and anti-inflammatories, in other cases weeks or months can go by without finding the relief needed to resume regular activities. In this situation, surgery can become a serious option. Surgery, particularly hospital-based traditional open spine procedures, are usually seen as a last-resort treatment option due to the risks and difficulties involved. However, if surgery is a serious consideration for your condition, there is an alternative in the form of minimally invasive spine surgery.
Advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery
The goal of surgical treatment for degenerative disc disease that is causing sciatica is to access the spine and take pressure off of the affected nerve. Traditional open back surgery typically involves a large incision that can sever important supporting muscles. This requires overnight hospitalization followed by a long recovery time for the incision and musculature to fully heal.
Due to advances in medical technology and surgical technique, minimally invasive procedures are now possible that allow for a smaller incision and less disruption of muscles. This means that this type of spine surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis and with many benefits compared to traditional procedures.
As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute offers the following advantages with our procedures:
- Board-certified surgeons+
- A less than 1-inch incision
- State-of-the-art outpatient facilities
- No lengthy recovery^
Reach out to Laser Spine Institute
If you are considering surgery after exhausting conservative treatment options, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn how we can help you find relief from sciatica and degenerative disc disease. We offer a no-cost MRI review to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.