hello, just thought i would post a positive discectomy recovery, i am now 2 weeks post op, after nearly 1 year of constant pain and sciatica. ok bit of back ground - when i was 4 months pregnant woke up with sciatica down my right leg, the day before i was on my feet all day at a playcentre with my 5 year old, doctors said it was pregnancy related and it will go after the baby is born, had my baby son in september naturally, very next day could hardly walk, the disc must have been pushed out further with the pressure of childbirth. After 4 months of constant trips to doctors, physio, range of painkillers which didnt work and expensive osteopath sessions it had got to the point where i could hardly stand or walk also could only sleep upright, lying down to sleep was agony. Finally doctors referred me for MRI scan which found a disc l5/s1 lying on my sciatic nerve, consultant recommended op. booked in 2 weeks later at 7am finally went into surgery around 2pm, woke at 8pm apparently the disc had come out even further than the mri scan and the op took 3.5 hours instead of 1 hour.. wheeled into ward and left, was very surprised i wasnt in that much pain, had a tube coming out of my back draining fluid and had been given liquid morphine, for first night had to sleep on my side and use the commode but next day could get up go to bathroom, get dressed, walk stairs and then i was discharged...within 2 days of taking it easy i was very mobile and hardly in any pain just tender around the incision. 2 weeks later and they only things i cant do is pick up my 19lb 5 month old son or bend completely easy and touch my toes but apart from that very mobile... only pain i have is the odd cramp in my bum and leg. i would encourage anyone who has bad sciatica and leg pain to have the op...i am now really looking forward to spending quality time with my 2 boys and be able to take them out..