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After a visit with my neurosurgeon, he reviewed my MRI imaging and mentioned microdiscectomy on the L5-S1 disc herniation, but since my back pain was more intense than the leg pain he mentioned a 50/50 chance of pain relief from that procedure, and of course the other associated risks. He mentioned that the fact joints may be contributing more to the intense back pain, so I am wondering if anyone has a similar issue as mine and if you had the radio frequency ablation procedure did it help you with pain relief? Was it lasting?