Back surgery is the treatment option of last resort for sciatic nerve pain relief. According to medical experts, sciatica surgery may be necessary is sciatica pain is severe and remains painfully intense after 6 to 12 weeks of non-surgical treatments.
To alleviate lower back pain, a surgeon may recommend either a microdiscectomy or a lumbar laminectomy. If the patient’s sciatica pain is due to a herniated disc, then a portion of that disc may need to be removed.
Although a majority of sufferers report significant pain reduction several weeks after surgery, back surgery is an invasive procedure and a serious step in sciatic nerve pain relief.