Hello all- have posted a couple times previously during my now almost 5 month long saga of chasing a good diagnosis and solution. Have previously had 2 partial disc surgeries on L4/5 and now am scheduled for a procedure on L3. Same thing (different surgeon) except he said that he would approach from outside /in. I am not exactly sure what that means- does anyone here know? Many thanks -this is a very good resource and at a minimum lets everyone realize others are in the same circumstance. Tired of the pain and ready to roll. James W.