I have a microdiscectomy scheduled for 9/2 and I am counting down the days! I have periodically thrown my back out over the past couple of years but always recovered after some time until about 2 years ago. The diagnosis from two years ago was a bulging/ protruding disc but I was not a candidate for surgery. To help with the pain I underwent 3 epidurals, bilateral L2-S1 RFA, and an SI joint RFA. It somewhat helped for a little bit but recently had a new MRI and found the disc is now herniated with some other new issues. The other doctors I met with said I would need a fusion but the surgeon said I am too young and wants to do the microdiscectomy. He said it will not prevent my back from going out but it will remove the portion of the disc causing the pain. My pain is progressively getting worse so I'm desperate.
I'm worried the microdiscectomy will not completely alleviate my pain but the surgeon is reviewed to be really good.
How have people done with this surgery? Do they always do a laminectomy/laminotomy with the surgery? How long will it take till I can get back to somewhat normal life?
I'm full of questions and really nervous about reherniating. I'm 30 years old and have been suffering for so long I want to do all that I can to try and get to normal life.