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Hi to all. Am looking to discuss & exchange info with those who are experiencing my situation with pain: severe disc degeneration. I am scheduled for surgery in Sept and curious about this procedure of shaving or cutting away bone spurs off L4 L5 and S1. Has anyone here had this done and what is it like? Is recovery long. Does it help do what it says it is to do.(relieve the sciatica pain radiating from my right hip down my buttock to the right leg area. I have been in constant chronic pain for over 2 years with this issue and while I am told by Dr relief of my accompanying back pain is not likely to happen it should help with the sciatica.