Hey everyone, I don't post a whole lot here but I was just released from the hospital yesterday after surgery and thought it would be a good idea to get some insight from other buzzers on recovery. I went in for a discectomy in my lumbar spine (specifically at L5-S1 to relieve sciatic nerve pain and lower back pain) and was wondering if anyone else here has been through something similar or perhaps the same surgery. What kind of recovery time did you face, how long did it take before you felt like you were truly 100% healed and could work as you usually did, and was the pain you were experiencing before surgery completely gone, or do you still have issues from time to time (maybe in colder weather)? I have not been able to see my surgeon yet, but the surgeons assistant told me it will take about 2 weeks for the incision to heal, and about another month or two for the deeper muscle to heal, does that sound about right? Thanks in advance for any information you can send my way, and a big thanks to all people who make TreeBuzz possible! Having a place to go and get advice from potentially thousands of fellow tree guys from all over the world is truly a blessing to all of us!