Surgery for Sciatica or Piriformis Syndrome
Unfortunately if conditions are severe enough or have not gotten better through non-invasive treatment, doctors and patients can consider surgery. Depending on the cause and the duration of the sciatica or piriformis syndrome pain, different surgical procedures are considered so proper diagnosis over time by a qualified doctor is important.
In most cases, surgery is elective, meaning that it is the patient’s decision whether or not to have surgery.
A patient’s decision to have surgery is based primarily on the amount of pain and dysfunction the patient is experiencing, and the length of time that the pain persists. As part of the diagnosis the Doctor will consider the patient’s overall health as a important consideration as well.