Hi I am a 27 year old male living with consistent pain for approximately 1 year. I have been through PT and was removed roughly 4 weeks ago under the terms that it wasn't helping my conditon improve. The disc is basically crushed and pushed out on both the left and right side of my spine. It causes consistent pain in my central lower back and both legs. The leg pain stops at my knee in the left leg but continues down the right leg through my toes and often causes painful tingling and numbness in my right calf, foot, ankle and foot. At this point I am convinced that I need to have a surgery but I am still unsure of which to choose.I have seen one surgeon who told me that the disc herniation is 'impressive' and that in his opinion I need a single level fusion, rather than the less invasive procedure of a microdistectomy. I am awaiting a second and possibly third opinion from surgeons but in the mean time have scheduled the fusion surgery for mid June. Has anyone been in my shoes and had to make this decision, if so any recommendations? I'm also looking for some honest feedback on post op recovery and what to expect in the short and long term.