I am scheduled for surgery next week on 2/10/16 to repair a herniated disc in my back. As far as I know it is a traditional discectomy and not a micro. My biggest concern is the pain following the procedure. I have been using hydrocodone for a year to deal with my back pain and I'm sure I have a tolerance to them now. I'm concerned that I won't get adequate pain relief following the procedure because of this. What is the most common mediation prescribed for pain following a discectomy? How long did you need to take prescription strength meds afterwards? I really want to stop these pills!