I am new here but thought I would share my story..., which is still playing out.
I just had left L4/L5 Microdisctectomy just 2 days ago and thing appear to have gone successful. I had had 3-4 years of leg and back disc/nerve pain and finally went the route of surgery. My quality of life had gone down and I was operating with less energy and motivation b/c of my back pain.
On my first long, slow walk after the surgery I did not get any shooting pain into my leg anymore and only had surgical pain.
My wife is still helping me to get up out of bed or in and out of the car, etc. as the transition point between sitting and standing is painful.
Male 43 - Had Microdisctectomy on L4-L5 very recently. Herniated disc 3-4 years ago working out.