Sciatica Surgery

See an Orthopaedic Surgeon Explain Sciatica Surgery Options

As a top orthopaedic surgeon and professor of spine surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Dr. Alexander Vaccaro is a trustworthy source when it comes to reviewing your surgical options for sciatica.

In this video, Dr. Vaccaro reminds you that the final decision to have surgery is yours.  Your surgeon may recommend it and explain why he or she feels it’s necessary, but you have to feel comfortable and confident in the decision, too.

One of the most common surgeries to relieve sciatica caused by a herniated disc is a discectomy.  Dr. Vaccaro explains that this can be done with a minimally invasive procedure, meaning that you’ll have a smaller incision and the surgeon will work small instruments and a microscope.

You can also read this article about other surgical options for sciatica.

Updated on: 02/09/17
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