Re: Disc Protrusion L5/S1
Not to disregard your personal experiences/pain, but I think it isn't that beneficial to hold out as long as possible. Most of the reserach I've done on MICRO D say the best outcomes come from patients who wait less than 6 months to get it done. If you waite longer than that you risk definite nerve damage that might or might not be reversible.
On the other hand if you've gone and done all the conservative treatments and your quality of life sucks you really don't have too much to lose with surgery, if all of your other risks are controlled for as best as possible.