I'm new to the forum. I've been surfing topics on L5 Facet Joint Cyst and found this site. In January 2013 I started having left leg pains and started taking ibuprofens or store brand pain killers. Over the last 3 months the pain has become chronic, numbness in my big toe and foot, tingling, and pain in my buttock. This is only happening in my left leg. To make a LONG story short. The MRI showed a cyst pressing against my spine causing the pain. Initially my chiropractor thought is was a disc issue causing my sciatic nerve issues. My neurologist suggested a microdiscectomy Surgery however his concern was if I need fusion. I had an x-ray done that indicated there is some slipping. The neurologist gave me his best guestimation of how long that area of my back would last without the fusion. I’m pretty sure I’m going with the less invasive surgery. If he could have given me a high % that the fusion is necessary I would be at peace with it. Decisions, decisions……. I was told the recovery is about 4 weeks for the Microdiscectomy Surgery and longer with the fusion… Do you have any knowledge on either procedure????