Hi everyone. About 2 months ago I herniated the L4-L5 disk in my back. That itself did not cause much pain. A week after herniating the disk, my sciatic nerve sent me to the hospital. After getting out of the hospital I was sent to a neurosurgeon to see if I was a candidate for a microdesectomy or if cortisone shots would be better. During the evaluation the surgeon noticed that I have foot drop. I cannot stand on the heel of my left foot. While sitting down I can bring my foot completely up, but I can't while I have weight bearing on my leg. The neurosurgeon told me I needed to get the microdescetomy because the nerve root was already showing signs of permanent damage and will continue to deteroriate until I lose all function in my leg. I'm 25 and not ready for surgery. I'm undergoing PT right now for 5 weeks and have noticed some slight improvement. My concern is will my leg weakness continue to get worse or will I be able to heal it on my own. Should I go ahead with the surgery?