A sciatic hernia is a rare type of hernia that forms when part of a nearby organ pushes through the sciatic foramen - one of two openings on either side of the pelvis. These openings provide a natural passageway for ligaments and nerves running from the spine to the gluteus muscle (buttock) and upper thigh. Congenital openings or acquired openings along the lower abdominal wall in addition to intra-abdominal pressure (from pregnancy, severe constipation, trauma, surgery, or other events) can cause a hernia to form and in rare cases push through the sciatic foramen. About 20% of sciatic hernias are present in infancy.
- Q Are there alternative treatments for sciatic hernias?
- Q Do sciatic hernias affect children differently than adults?
- Q Can a sciatic hernia be life-threatening?
- Q Can medications be used to treat a sciatic hernia?
- Q Can a sciatic hernia be cured?
- Q What should I know about caring for someone with a sciatic hernia?