I was a very active 36 year old. I got Hemilaminectomy on the left side with L5-S1 Microdiscectomy about 5 weeks ago in Thailand. I am now back in Afghnistan with very light duty. I can get up and walk or sit down when ever I want, and I don't have to lift anything. I went to the best hospital in Bangkok and one of the best Neurosugeon, but there was still a lot that was not passed on to me due to the languege berrier. He said he took the entire disc out, but he didn't mention fusion or anything and he didn't not put anything back in place of the disc. Is this common? I feel OK. I still have some pain and numbness down my leg and calf, but I can deal with it compared to what it was. I just hope some one can tell me what kind of physical activeties I will be able to do once I am fully healed. I asked the dr. if I would be able to run marathons and fight competitively again, and he said yes (I Think). He said I should be able to start running again after 6 weeks. I'm reading a lot on the internet now and it just dose not sound like people do physical activities like that after that type of sergery. However; I can not find anyone that had the full disc taken out with anything else done. If he didn't fuse the bone back together and didn't replace the disc with anything how stable will it be in the future? Is it going to cause damege to other bone by grinding together? I hope someone can help me to be more informed about the sergery I just had and what I can expect in the future. Thank you!