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can a person live a normal life with no disc?

smartens162smartens162 Manitoba, CanadaPosts: 451
I severely ruptured at L5-S1 8 months ago, and am headed for a discectomy in a couple of weeks, but I wonder if there is not much disc left, would they remove all of it to avoid re-herniation, or does one need something there however small and fragmented it is? Looking to hear from those who have lived this way and what the longterm prognosis is...
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