I have been suffering with back pain and sciatica for 2 1/2 yrs now. I had a microdiscectomy in July 07. I reherniated and had a revision in June 08. I was feeling great after the revision until about 11 weeks after then the pain returned. Today he showed me my mri and said that the disc had not reherniated but the last step to take was a TLIF on L5S1. I still have alot of weakness and pain in my left leg and now it has gone to my right leg along with my right hip. I also have an annoying pain just below my right knee cap. It appears I only have two choices now...either live with the pain I am in or have the TLIF. I'm not sure what to do because I dont want to make the pain worse and have read some pretty scary stories on here. Any suggestions??