Sometimes yes. But, most of the patients don’t need surgery, and in them, sciatica can be cured using simple procedures. The non-surgical methods are tried initially and depending on the pain and your ability to tolerate it, your doctor will decide about surgery.
Even after trying the other methods, if the symptoms do not get better, or your legs weaken, then the doctor may advise for a surgery. The procedure is called lumbar microdiscectomy, which is known for its positive results.
A lumbar microdiscectomy is like a traditional lumbar discectomy. Small incisions are made, thanks to technological advances, and these will cause minimum trauma to the body and will pave the way for a quicker recovery.