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Press Release: Surgical Management of Deep Gluteal Syndrome Causing Sciatic Nerve Entrapment

We are pleased to share with you a recent publication in Arthroscopy. This publication is entitled "Surgical Management of Deep Gluteal Syndrome Causing Sciatic Nerve Entrapment".

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Kay J, de SA D, Morrison L, Fejtek E, Simunovic N, Martin HD, Ayeni OR. Surgical Management of Deep Gluteal Syndrome Causing Sciatic Nerve Entrapment. Arthroscopy. August 2017. In Press.


To assess the causes, surgical indications, patient-reported clinical outcomes, and complications in patients with deep gluteal syndrome causing sciatic nerve entrapment.

Three databases (PubMed, Ovid [MEDLINE], and Embase) were searched by 2 reviewers independently from database inception until September 7, 2016. The inclusion criteria were studies reporting on both arthroscopic and open surgery and those with Level I to IV evidence. Systematic reviews, conference abstracts, book chapters, and technical reports with no outcome data were excluded. The methodologic quality of the studies was assessed with the MINORS (Methodological Index for Non-randomized Studies) tool.

The search identified 1,539 studies, of which 28 (481 patients; mean age, 48 years) were included for assessment. Of the studies, 24 were graded as Level IV, 3 as Level III, and 1 as Level II. The most commonly identified causes were iatrogenic (30%), piriformis syndrome (26%), trauma (15%), and non-piriformis (hamstring, obturator internus) muscle pathology (14%). The decision to pursue surgical management was made based on clinical findings and diagnostic investigations alone in 50% of studies, whereas surgical release was attempted only after failed conservative management in the other 50%. Outcomes were positive, with an improvement in pain at final follow-up (mean, 23 months) reported in all 28 studies. The incidence of complications from these procedures was low: Fewer than 1% and 8% of open surgical procedures and 0% and fewer than 1% of endoscopic procedures resulted in major (deep wound infection) and minor complications, respectively.

Although most of the studies identified were case series and reports, the results consistently showed improvement in pain and a low incidence of complications, particularly for endoscopic procedures. These findings lend credence to surgical management as a viable option for buttock pain caused by deep gluteal syndrome and warrant further investigation.


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