Wow I am so happy that I did have the surgery on my back. The laminectomy on L5 and discectomy on L5-S1 has been great so far. I know it is early still as it was only done on July 13th but I would gladly do it again. Immediately I felt better with my nerve pain and numbness. I honestly can't believe how much relief that I got from the surgery. The little bit of problems I am having still I can live with now. I was so scared before surgery because I was only given a 50/50 chance for it to help. As soon as I was in my hospital room I could tell the difference with the nerves. Yes I had pain at the site but I could feel my feet/legs completely. Wish my doctor had referred me to the neurosurgeon in the first place and not the idiot spine doctor in the beginning of May. I am going to ask for a copy of my report when I go back in three weeks. I was told that he found lots of calcium build up but that could have been from my gout. I know that was there is an injury that my gout will attack the new injury site right away. So hopefully that is why there was so much build up. I will find out though maybe on the report. Anyways, to all out there never give up on yourself because if I had I wouldn't have had my surgery done now.