I was on this site 1.5 years ago facing the fear of back surgery (L4/5 hurniated disk, "exploded" said my neuro sugeon). Got a laminectomy and microdiscetomy in June 07. Recovery to totally normal is a long process - not there yet. But I am not here for me tonight, I have a friend who has hurniated a disk in his lower neck (I don't know the numbers up there), plus mri shows artheritis (sp sorry). He meets with my neuro not til next tuesday, his ortho said the surgery would be through the front of the neck, he is petrified. On tons of meds. wondering if anyone out there has been through this, and what your results have been? I consider my results good. I was a mess! And I still dont have total fealing in my right leg - or the ability to "tippy toe" on that foot. But I am a fighter. He is too, but pretty scared these days. Looking for a little experience out there I might be able to share with him. Thanks a ton!