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Is there such thing as sciatica surgery?
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Sciatica is typically caused by a lumbar disk herniation.
When the disk herniates, it compresses the nerve causing symptoms. Surgery removes the compression by removing the herniated disk. As long as the spine is stable, the back doesn't need fusion. Additional compression can be addressed with a laminectomy.

In brief: Yes
Sciatica is typically caused by a lumbar disk herniation.
When the disk herniates, it compresses the nerve causing symptoms. Surgery removes the compression by removing the herniated disk. As long as the spine is stable, the back doesn't need fusion. Additional compression can be addressed with a laminectomy.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Andrew Lipton
Sciatica and lumbar disc pain can overlap in symptomatlogy but are not the same. Nerve root compression from the spine can cause symptoms down to the foot. Sciatic nerve compression usually only causes pain to refer from buttock to thigh, but not below knee. The difference is a spinal nerve(lumbar) versus a peripheral nerve (sciatica). There is no common surgery for sciatica
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Sciatica, which refers to pain radiating down one and sometimes both legs in a particular distribution that corresponds with the sciatic nerve and its branches.
This usually occurs at the level of the spine at one or multiple of the nerve roots (usually l3-s1) that come together to form the sciatic nerve. Surgery is not always indicated and certainly is rarely a first line treatment.

In brief: Yes
Sciatica, which refers to pain radiating down one and sometimes both legs in a particular distribution that corresponds with the sciatic nerve and its branches.
This usually occurs at the level of the spine at one or multiple of the nerve roots (usually l3-s1) that come together to form the sciatic nerve. Surgery is not always indicated and certainly is rarely a first line treatment.
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Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
In brief: Speak with surgeon
He should be able to address your concerns about surgery.

In brief: Speak with surgeon
He should be able to address your concerns about surgery.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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