I have been lurking and reading the vast amount of information here for the last 6 months. The information here helped me to decide to proceed with microdiscectomy and laminectomy. Reading all of the experiences of others also gave me a good idea what to expect after the surgery.
Surgery was 3/17/10 and all in all everything has went well. The pain from the surgery is signifigant however it is manageble. My L5 S1 disc was ruptured and I spent the last 11 months exploring all of the less invasive treatments, i.e physical therapy, epidural injections, etc.
My Neurosurgen and all of the nurses were wonderful and so far the I have very little of the sciatic pain that I had prior to surgery. This recovery may be a bit rough but, I think my only regret may be that I did not do it sooner.
Thank you to all of the people who have contributed here and helped others who are dealing with these problems.