I have a "broken" L-5 disc. It's causing numbness in my left foot and leg.The Neuro says we can just remove the piece thats broken.He thinks thats what pressing on the S-1 nerve root,He wants to do this before radical fusion.My leg is getting weaker and the calf muscle is becoming painful. Does anyone have any advice for me? In Feb'08 I had a 3 level ACDF,plate and screws, had a catheter break in my back and had 2 back surgeries to remove it now this. Will it be a long recoup period?