Sciatic Nerve Relief - Surgery for Sciatica

Published: Jun 4, 2011
Categories: Sciatica, Sciatica Surgery

Surgery for Sciatica

If you are still having symptoms of sciatica after 3 months of various non surgical treatments your doctor may advise you on your sciatic nerve surgery options.

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Sciatica

Below are two options that may be considered for minimally invasive sciatic nerve surgery

Endoscopic Foraminotomy
The patient is sedated through intravenous and brought to the operating room. While under local anesthesia, a small metal tube the size of a pencil is inserted to the lumbar spinal nerve hole (neuroforamen). The spinal nerve is found with a camera and protected. Under direct vision, bone spurs, scars, overgrowth ligament, protruded discs, and lumbar facet are removed with laser, radiofrequency, or mechanical tools. The spinal nerves are released from surrounding structures, and the nerve hole is enlarged.

Endoscopic Discectomy
The patient is brought to operative room with intravenous sedation. Under local anesthesia, a small metal tube as pencil size is inserted to the lumbar spine area with disc problems under X-ray guidance. The annular tear, bulging disc, or herniated disc can be found easily with a camera looking through the tube. A large piece of herniated disc will be pulled out with grasper. A small disc bulge or annular tear will be treated with laser, which vaporizes disc material, kills pain nerves inside the disc, and hardens the disc to prevent further leakage of disc material to the surrounding nerves.

Sciatic Nerve Operation Aftercare

Whether you find relief through nonsurgical or surgical methods, it is best to take preventive measures to ensure your back is as strong and limber as it can possibly be.

With a few small changes to your life you can prevent any further injuries.

Exercising and Food
One of the most important things you can do for your health is to exercise often and eat healthy foods. Not only will these two things make a big difference in your general health, they also help to keep your back healthy and strong.

There are many ways to strengthen your back muscles and exercise your whole body, activities such as swimming, walking, Yoga, Pilates, and cycling. With so many activities to choose from it’s just a matter of picking what you enjoy and sticking with it.

The saying “you are what you eat” is very true, stay away from over processed foods, drink lots of water, eat mostly vegetables and watch your portion sizes. Portion sizes today are nowhere near what they where 20 years ago, we are just eating too much food.

Learning correct posture and using it
Incorrect posture can lead to many back issues, if you are one of the many that now spend large portions of their work and leisure time at a computer station, you will want to make sure you are sitting in the best possible chair and desk so that you do not strain anything in your back, neck, and shoulders.

A good chair is one that can comfortably support your hips and that doesn’t press onto the back of your thighs and knees. If your chair does not have any lumbar support you can purchase items that can be placed at the base of the chair or you may use a towel that has been rolled up, A pillow will also do the trick.

You will want to make sure your desk is the proper height and that when you use your keyboard you are not putting any strain on your wrist, elbow or shoulder. You will also want to take frequent breaks, get up and walk around for a few minutes.

Be aware of what you do
Always be aware of most things you do throughout the day impact your back. Things such as standing for too long, lifting heavy objects or even how you sleep can injure your back.

If you need to stand for long periods of time try and rest one foot higher than the other.

If you need to lift something heavy, always bend at the knees and if possible get help. When you are carrying objects hold them close to the body at waist level and try to avoid lifting the object above your head.

Make sure that the mattress you sleep on is comfortable to you, if you are waking up with a sore back it may be too soft or too hard, and if you use pillows, don’t use too many that your neck is at a severe angle.