I am very glad that I have found this site. Any help from all would be appreciated. I'm confused a bit on microdiscectomy. At the beginning of this year I had surgery for severe pain in my right leg that had started in Aug. From the copy of doctors report, it says "microdiscectomy & removal of right L5-S1 disc". When I asked about this at follow-up I was told the disc was shaved not completely taken out. The problem reoccured within months later. I have a small frame and was told it may heal on it's own but it didn't. I recently went in for repeat surgery "L5-S1 disc removal ans posible fusion". Uppon followup I was told disc was removed and now waiting to see if the vertebraes will fuse naturally. My question is can this be down without repalcing the disc with something such as metal or teflon or whatever they use? Any help in this would greatly be appreciated. I thank you in advance.