PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What are the surgical options for sciatica?

ANSWER

The two main surgical options for sciatica are diskectomy and laminectomy.

Diskectomy. During this procedure, your surgeon removes whatever is pressing on your sciatic nerve, whether it’s a herniated disk, a bone spur, or something else. The goal is to remove only the piece that’s actually causing the sciatica, but sometimes surgeons have to remove the entire disk to fix the issue. You’ll have general anesthesia for a diskectomy, and you may be able to go home the same day.

Laminectomy. The lamina is part of the ring of bone that covers the spinal cord. During a laminectomy, your surgeon removes the lamina and any tissue pressing on the nerve that’s causing you pain. You will get general anesthesia, meaning you will not be awake during the operation, which can last up to 2 hours. You’ll be released from the hospital that day or the next with instructions to start walking around the day after you get home.

From: What's the Treatment for Sciatica? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Sciatica.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Sciatica,” “Treatments and Procedures: Laminectomy.”

Harvard Medical School: “Sciatica.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sciatica,” “Tests and Procedures: Diskectomy.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Sciatica.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Sciatica,” “Treatments and Procedures: Laminectomy.”

Harvard Medical School: “Sciatica.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sciatica,” “Tests and Procedures: Diskectomy.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

Can I treat my sciatica at home?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: