Discectomy for sciatica provides short-term relief for leg pain

Clinical Question

Does discectomy produce better results than nonsurgical treatments for leg pain related to sciatica?

Bottom line

Based on low-quality evidence, discectomy produces a greater reduction in leg pain than other treatments for sciatica, though this benefit wanes after about 3 months. 1a-

Study design: Meta-analysis (randomized controlled trials)

Funding: Self-funded or unfunded

Setting: Various (meta-analysis)

Reviewer

Allen F. Shaughnessy, PharmD, MMedEd
Professor of Family Medicine
Tufts University
Boston, MA


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ARUP KUMAR DHARA

Impact assessment

Excellent

Anonymous

discectomy

short term only relief from sciatica