I'm a 27 year old student with a six month history of left side sciatica. I've tried pain meds, steroids, acupuncture, chiropractics and physical therapy to no avail. About four months into the pain I had an MRI done that showed a disc extrusion at L5-S1 and now two months post MRI I'm going to get a neurosugery consultation. I read up on microdiscectomys on this website and Dr. Ullrich mentioned that surgery later than 3-6 months after symptoms have started may not be effective. Does anyone else agree/disagree? Any helpful information, experiences, or tips are much appreciated as well. Also, does anyone have an idea how much these surgeries normally cost? Thanks!!