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How much disc material did your surgeon take out?

For those of you who had a discectomy, did your surgeon tell or show you how much he/she pulled out of there? I had a rather large herniation and they pulled out a 6cm long piece which was wrapped around everything like a snake. Interestingly I was in very little pain prior to the surgery, but my big toe and shin were numb on my right leg and had no strength in my right foot. 
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