I found this site in early May when I was diagnosed with DDD, herniated discs (l4-5), nerve root entrapment, drop foot, Tredlenberg gait after suffering for a month with sciatic pain along with numbness from right hip all the way down to the top of my foot and toes. Primary MD thought I had just another bout of sciatica (generally broght on by overdoing it one way or the other), had a trigger point injection and was told to use NSAIDS, ice and/or heat til sypmtoms resolved. Nine days later, I had no improvement & referred to a podiatrist for possible tarsal tunnel of my foot. Given another trigger point injection in my foot and after two weeks still no improvement. I was finally referred to an orthopedist almost a month later. Had minimally invasive TLIF surgery with instrumentation on July 6th, which was a little more complicated than originally anticipated - had herniations @ l4-l5, l5-s1, one disc totally gone so vertebra was grinding against vertebra. Orthopedic spine specialist placed pedicle screws, 1 artificial disc (told a type of plastic type material was used - Medtronics for all the 'hardware'), had enough of my own bone from the laminectomies to use for the fusions, foramenectomies done to free nerve roots. Had almost immediate relief from the sciatic pain and numbness in leg, I'm coming up to about 8th week post surgery and still have foot numbness/weakness. At my six week checkup, orthopedist was quite pleased with my progress, said no physical therapy needed and I didn't need to come back for a followup for 1 year unless something new symptom wise came up. I'm limited to lifting no more than 20 lbs for now and told to slowly increase as tolerated, have been able to begin exercising again. I'm not able to drive because of the foot numbness, can anyone give me some imput regarding how soon they had improvements to numbness post their surgeries? Also, has anyone been left with permanent numbness post surgery? I want to do everything possible to regain all or most of my prior function so any input would be greatly appreciated.