Yesterday morning i had this procedure done. It was none of my fears. My throat is still soar from the breathing tube. Now what i am experiencing is all the positions i used to feel comfortable in have changed. Because the disc blew out on the left side between L4 and L5 i would lean right and it would relieve the discomfort in my left leg. Now it's the opposite ! Now my " discomfort" (pun intended) is at the procedure site! and some of the symptoms have already receded in my left leg.. The staff at the hospital told me to remove the "second skin" bandage tomorrow and not to bathe but shower for the next two weeks. I have a follow up appt. with the surgeon on 10/29. The wording they used to describe the procedure is "Left L4-5 far lateral microdiscectomy". boy is my throat sore from the breathing tube. the last thing i remember going in is the anesthesiologist pushing some short term memory drug and seeing the small table they were to put me on in a room just packed full of equipment and staff. I dont remember recovery, or transferring from the gurney to my hospital room bed, do any of you? Some of the staff made me more anxious than others. eye contact made a big difference in my trust. the anesthesiologist was the best!! She made sure i understood what my experience was going to be from start to finish. And i understand that the more forthcoming i am with them about exactly when i last ate, drank or peed or farted lol, the better equipped they were to make it a success. The stories i have heard about the length of time for complete recovery range from just a few days to years! So i am assuming its just like life, different for each of us and a lot of common things we can do for the time to be less. like diet, posture, and listening to my body and trusting that it is the major thing to listen to. further down the road..