Was curious if anyone knows whether a discectomy can be done WITHOUT having the accompanying (hemi)laminectomy? I had a micro-D done at L5-S1 (left side) five years ago, and rehernatied at the same level within a year. I'm now symptomatic on the right side, and firmly believe that the bio-mechanical disruption of having a hemi-laminectomy (performed by the surgeon to gain access the the nerve/disc space...yet without my knowledge) contributed to my current problems....a function of compensation and compromised gait/motion. I thought I recalled there being a procedure (conducted caudally) which allows the surgeon to come UP the spine, avoiding the need to remove bone? 1) Am I just imagining, and 2) does anyone know of/ have experience with such an approach? Given that I'm considering the possiblity of another discectomy, I want to limit have much morbidity and 2nd/3rd order effects I experience afterward. Any feedback would be MUCH appreciated!