Hi, Mel! I had my first micro disectomy in June of 2004(only one heniated disc was operated on), the second one in November of 2005. The first one resulted in a reherniation(I have a desk job) and no relief whatsoever. The second time around, the Dr. removed both damaged discs. I still have problems with the nerves, but have been told it can take several months for the nerves to heal. Next surgery is a fusion at 2 levels. Once a herniated disc is operated on, it can reherniate, and it puts more stress on the other discs. First surgery was done by a Neurosurgeon, second was performed by a Spine Specialist. I am still taking prescribed muscle relaxers, pain meds, and now Lyrica(feel like a walking drug store). Listen to what the Dr.s tell you during recovery. You have the final say as to the surgery----you do not have to have it done if you don't want to. Have you tried Physical Therapy to build up the other muscles?