I just had surgery this morning, a microdiscectomy on L5 S1. I walked into the surgical center half stooped over, leaning to the left, using a cane because I couldnt put weight on my right leg, was in excruciating pain etc. I walked out standing up straight, without nerve pain and with minimal pain at incision site (granted still very doped up on pain meds). I am sure the pain will get worse as I start to heal but so far, I just have to say it was incredibly worth it. I first herniated my disc in
April, did 3 months of physical therapy and two epidural injections, reherniated the disc on August 3rd and gave in to surgery. So glad I did! I am only 29, have an 11 mo old son and need to be able to live life! I am posting this in case others are preparing for surgery and to give some hope.
(I also used a neurosurgeon)