Don't want to hijack the fusion thread. Scheduled for a microdiscectomy at L5. Never had surgery before. I know it has to be done. If you had it done, how long were you down for? Was prepared for being down a while and Dr has told me I will need to be careful and listen to my body. A few things I am trying to get done before it happens. But I can tell life is creeping into my thoughts about finances and how to get things done 8-12 weeks out as we start to get into fall. Friend of mine that helps me went through it a few years ago said boredom was his biggest hurdle until he was cleared to work.
Also, what did you do afterwards to prevent other injuries? Back brace, gave up certain jobs, etc? Dr indicated that having this done didn't make me more or less likely for fusion later but curious.