1.1 Current evidence on the safety and efficacy of epiduroscopic lumbar discectomy through the sacral hiatus for sciatica is limited in quantity and quality. Therefore, this procedure should only be used in the context of research. Find out what only in research means on the NICE interventional procedures guidance page.
1.2 This procedure should only be done by surgeons with expertise in endoscopic spinal surgery and specific training in epiduroscopy through the sacral hiatus.
1.3 NICE encourages further research into epiduroscopic lumbar discectomy through the sacral hiatus for sciatica and may update the guidance on publication of further evidence. Research studies should include details of patient selection, complications and long-term results.