Thanks so much for the advice that you all gave on the "old forum" on what to do to prep for lumbar microdiscectomy surgery. I am going back into the hospital today for my second surgery on my lumbar spine within 8 weeks. I just wanted to thank those of you who have taken the time to write your experiences and advice. I have seen a lot of people having "diarrhea of the keyboard" about their own woes and pain and I just want to say a big thank you to those of you who take the time to give much needed advice. it's great to help each other and I am looking forward to giving advice when my surgery is done.