Hello. I am new to this forum. I have had lower back pain for a couple of years. I was told it was a bulging disk and did PT. If I walk often and do my PT exercises my pain is manageable. Last week I had bladder surgery and they found that my L4-L5 disk was extremely large and almost completely covering the nerve root. The neurosurgeon could not believe that I did not already have permanent damage. Here is my question...the neurosurgeon wants to go in THIS WEEK and remove the disk completely only. He isn't planning on fusing the vertebrae or adding an artificial disk. Has anyone else had this done? It seems like you need something there, but the surgeon told me no. I would appreciate any surgery insights! Thanks!