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Piriformis Syndrome Surgeon Directory

Finding a surgeon that has knowledge of (let alone treats) Piriformis Syndrome is particularly arduous. I strongly recommend starting with an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in hip arthroscopy. Call his/her office prior to your first visit to ask if the surgeon has proven success with hip arthroscopy with endoscopic sciatic nerve neurolysis and piriformis tendon releaseIf they don’t (which most won’t) please continue on with your search. Furthermore, and I can’t stress this enough as well, if the surgeon does have proven success with these procedures, ask how many total cases they have performed as well.

Eventually I would like to feature a comprehensive list of surgeons that treat Piriformis Syndrome. As of today, I am only listing the surgeon that successfully treated me. I encourage others to recommend a surgeon (using the comments area below) that has successfully treated their case of Piriformis Syndrome.

Lastly, for those people searching for a physician I recommend that you do your homework. I get emails from patients of physicians that have had bad experiences, and are worse off post-surgery. Some people plea with me to warn my readers about the physician that failed them. For fear of being sued I will not approve posts which make negative accusations about physicians, nor will I author posts on anyone’s behalf. I pray for those that have had nerve damage as a result of surgery, and for those who were simply not cured. If you wish to share your bad experiences I recommend starting your own blog or posting your story on a physician rating site. This will hopefully give you some peace of mind.  I also pray that you get help soon; my heart goes out to everyone living with Piriformis Syndrome pain.

I encourage all of my readers to do your own background check of physicians by researching physician rating sites such as: vitals.com, healthgrades.com, and ratemds.com.

Dr. John Heinrich, MD

Hip Center of Wisconsin
1218 W. Kilbourn Ave. Suite 301
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: 414-276-HIPS (4477)


  1. Julie Fraitag
    November 6, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Help please. I need to find a surgeon who can do a Piriformis Release for me. I live in Palm Beach Beach County, Florida.

  2. melissa
    February 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    For the California Bay Area – Dr. Melanie Henry at UCSF specializes in non-surgical treatment of piriformis syndrome.

    • Tom
      September 12, 2016 at 2:23 am

      Hi Melissa, did you get the Botox shot from Dr. Henry? Could I connect with you and ask some questions? if so ping me at thomasrex100@yahoo.com


  3. Stephanie
    May 24, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Does anyone recommend a surgeon in Georgia? I have had piriformis syndrome with nerve pain in both legs for 13 years. My MRN confirmed piriformis syndrome as well as issues with the obturator internus muscle and my sciatic nerve. I am looking for a physician who does more of an open approach to surgery so he/she can investigate all problems in this area. Any help is greatly appreciated, as I am at the end of my rope with this.

    • Thomas W
      August 23, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Did you ever find a PS surgeon in Georgia area? I am in Alabama and I am considering going anywhere. Had great success with Botox. Need to evaluate next step for perm fix.

      • Stephanie
        August 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm

        Sounds like we have very similar problems with piriformis and obturator. Unfortunatley, I haven’t found anyone in GA that I am completely comfortable with. I had a good bit of relief from Botox injections at Mayo in Jacksonville that confirmed my diagnosis and gives me some relief for around 3 months. I am desperate for relief and am always trying to figure out the next step. I would love to be able to trust in surgery, but have heard from many doctors that they see the patients surgery doesn’t work for because scar tissue forms and then it starts hitting the nerve. Back in 2009 I had unrelenting back pain from severe sacroiliac joint issues. I was advised that I needed them fused, but much like this situation, found enough doctors who told me surgery could make things worse. So I went out on a limb and had several rounds of stem cell injections where they get your own stem cells from your bone marrow and inject them into the injury. It requires lots of travel and patience, but it was life changing in that it provided a tremendous amount of relief. The reason why I am bringing this up is because it was life changing in that it helped so much. Unfortunately, it did not help the nerve pain because at that time we did not know what was causing the nerve pain. Recently, I called one of the docs I saw for that back pain to see if they treat piriformis/obturator issues with stem cells. They reviewed my records and said they have had success with similar cases. As much as I would love to have surgery, that insurance would cover, and be done with this nightmare, I keep hearing the voices of the doctors who warn me that it could make things worse. So I am seriously considering going the stem cell route again. The doctor is in Missouri, and insurance will not cover such “experimental” treatment, but I am desperate as I am sure you are too. I hope this has helped. For those of you who have had successful surgery, do you know if your surgeons did anything to wrap or protect the nerve from being irritated by scar tissue after surgery? That is my biggest fear. Thomas, please let me know what you have learned over the years. Maybe we can help each other find permanent relief.

  4. Kandace Compton
    March 20, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Matt: I’m glad I found your site. I have been suffering from this for 22 years. Have just gotten more and more frustrated with the different diagnosis from different doctors over the years. When I was originally diagnosed at 26 (I’m now 48), I went to every type of Dr. Two doctors said I had a herniated disc and they had to operate immediately. I wasn’t about to do that after doing research and thinking about the consequences of surgery on my spine. The third doctor said I most likely had piriformis syndrome and that my sciatic nerve went through it which is why I constantly get nerve pain. I went thru acupuncture (hurt me – I felt the needles), epidural, and then chiropractic adjustments. The only thing that helped in my 30s was chiropractic adjustments but then slowly when I entered by 40s those stopped working and I needed adjustments more often. I also developed groin pain. Desperate and tired of re injuring myself after every attempt to get active again, I found an ART practitioner. I went to him and he said it was most likely a torn labrum. I did get surgery for that in 2012 and the groin pain has decreased 95%. It’s been over a year since I had the surgery and gained 50 pounds. Last week I decided I would do Crossfit. Nothing too strenuous as this is the Foundation class which was basically 20 minutes of very very low impact exercising/stretching, 5 minutes of 3 different types of exercises and then 5 minutes of stretching. From what I used to be able to do, this was nothing. The sciatic/piriformis came back again. I hate to be dramatic but it’s how I feel – I got so frustrated I felt like “What’s the purpose of living this way.” I have read all of the blogs and have contacted Dr. Heinrich and am awaiting a call from his office to see if he has any recommended Dr. in the Washington DC area. I pray he does. I have a follow-up appointment with my doctor who did the hip arthroscopy and repaired my torn labrum in early April. I will listen to you and interview him. Are there any other doctors who you know of who might be easy to contact and see if they have some referral in the area around me? I spoke with Dr. Heinrich’s receptionist last week who was of no use. She kept telling me “I work with Dr. Heinrich and we don’t know of anyone.” I was so offended I complained via their website. I received an apology and was told Dr. Heinrich would reply. While I await Dr. H’s reply I want to see contact other Doctors to see if they know anyone in DC. And if you help me, I’d be more than happy to work with you to set up a directory of doctors or help you in any way possible with the site.

    Also, did you try botox injections? I’m a little interested in this but I’m also at the point of “I want my life back. I want to be able to do the active things I used to do (run, hike, aerobics, crossfit, motorcyle,etc.) without worrying if I’ll just end up in pain or getting frustrated with re-injury if Botox doesn’t work. I won’t hold you to anything, just curious what your thoughts were.

  5. June 9, 2013 at 10:16 am


    I stood up from a chair in December of 2011 and I felt “something” in my left butt cheek. Like you after many doctors, tests, treatments, and many other off the wall attempts to figure out what was wrong I met Dr. Heinrich. He is doing surgery on me June 25th, 2013.

    I would like to post back through as I progress through the surgery and rehab.


    • June 9, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Hey Kevin,

      Good luck to you with your surgery. You’re in great hands. Please keep me posted on your recovery. Some advice:

      1. Wear the ice machine 24×7 for the first couple weeks.
      2. Physical Therapy and stretching are just as important as the surgery itself.
      3. Get massages on your hip and IT band.

      Good luck!


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