Hi, I'm on this board now as I had the same op nearly 4 months ago. I'm a fit 40 year old. I regret getting it done as the pain I'm in now isn't as bad, but it's constant. I can't walk it off like I used to be able to. I think the scar tissue is sticking to the nerve. I'm back in on Friday to get the results of another MRI. Lots of people have the op and it works out great for them, but I guess you just wanted to get some feedback. Good luck what ever you decide.
I had a microdiscectomy at L4-5 for a severely herniated disc that was compressing the nerve so bad I couldn't stand it and I had no option but surgery from the beginning. I was losing proper use of my leg. I had ruptured the disc on the 8th but didn't know that was what the pain was...went to my regular ortho in dire pain on the 13th who sent my for an MRI, who then referred me to a neuro...but the time I had the surgery it was the 5th of the next month. BUT the good news was when I woke up in PACU, my leg felt 98% normal and pain free. My back hurt like heck but I think in hind sight that was probably surgical pain. Now if I hadn't fallen down the stairs at home three days after surgery.... who knows how I would be now???
I wish you welll but many many people do well with microdiscectomies.
There are a couple current posts from people who have recently had a microdiscectomy, and one just got out of the hospital today. Also you can read through older posts to see people's experiences.
I've had three lumbar surgeries, but never a discectomy so can't comment on that procedure alone. Most people do very well, aren't laid up all that long and are pleased they had it down.
My husband ruptured a disc many years ago and let it heal without surgical intervention. The first six weeks were pretty rough, but he was able to avoid surgery and hasn't needed it since. He does his back exercises that he learned in PT faithfully, every single morning, and it has been almost 20 years! (In the meantime, I've had 3 lumbar surgeries and am very hit or miss in my exercise routine.)
I had a microdiscectomy at Cedars Sinai 13 days ago for massive disc herniation with L buttock pain radiating to my left foot and dealt with it conservatively for 6 yrs. I'm a phsical therapist so I knew what I should do although I still did things that would aggravate it, leading to my need for 3 epidurals. I did the oral steroids in the beginning, physical therapy, hanging upside down on an incline table, massage, tons of core strengthening and stretching, water therapy, refocusing away from pain with mind games etc. Six yrs later still had terrile nerve tension of my L sciatica which limited my ability to shave my legs, put my socks on etc. Finally so glad I did the surgery. Buttock pain and nerve tension is gone so far but I still have some nerve pain in my foot, intermittently that the Dr said I should give about 2 more weeks before it lightens up. Where are you now with your symptoms? Personally I believe most people would have done this surgery the first year but I think I had the mindset that I can try everything else first and surgery last. Often it may get better within 6 months to a year. If not and your disc bulge is too large, surgery can be successful.