I have an upcoming l5/s1 discectomy and I have a ton of questions that I am hoping to get answered. I have been dealing with back and leg pain for a year now and all other treatments haven't worked so I finally opted for surgery. I am having a regular discectomy done. I would like to know what to expect throughout the whole process. I understand that everyone has different experiences, but any information would be very helpful. I tend to be very curious by nature so not being well informed isn't an option for me. First off I would like to know how long the surgery usually takes? Will I have to spend the night in the hospital? How will my pain be controlled in the hospital? IV meds, oral, or a combination? What type of pain meds do they typically use (morphine, ect?) What should I do before surgery to prepair myself to come home? How long will I be unable to drive for? (I live alone, just me and the dogs.)Will I be sent home with medications and if so what types? I ask about the medications because alot of narcotic pain relievers tend to give me headaches. Kind of ironic how something that treats pain can cause it. I once had a shot of morphine.....worst headache of my life. Is six weeks recovery time long enough? Will my siatic nerve wake up after the surgery and hurt worse? Will I have to wear a brace? Will I be able to shower and dress myself ok? Will I be able to prepair meals ok or should I stock up on microwave and easy to make stuff? Is it realistic to have this surgery and live alone? I'm sure I can think of a million different questions and any help would be greatly apperciated. Thank you for taking your time reading and hopefully responding to all of my questions.