I had the procedure this morning and was home by 2pm. I'm obviously very tender, but I keep expecting terribly pain but it hasn't hit yet. Then again, I have to strain to pee, so I may still have surgery related pain killers helping me. The doctor is optimistic that my sciatica will be relieved. It was a small herniation but directly on the nerve and he even mentioned to me and my husband that the nerve root was very swollen. He gave me a 6 day course of prednisone. Is that common after this surgery? Thanks for any feedback or comments!