Discectomy is probably the most common operation used to treat sciatica. In general, the operation is performed on patients who have experienced intense back and leg pain--pain that has disrupted the normal course of their lives for more than 6 weeks.
Depending on the location and the severity of the disc damage, discectomy can be performed using open surgery through a small incision. Patients may leave the hospital the day of the surgery or stay one night.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (Intervertebral Spacer)