Hi all. I'm looking for advice.
I'm a 27 year old male that has a herniated disc at L5-S1. Bouts of pain started in October 2015, became severe in February 2016, and numbness started in March 2016. I had two steroid injections to try to reduce the swelling and followed up treatment with a Percutaneous Disc Decompression (PDD) in May 2016. Symptoms continued beyond tolerable levels through August 2016. I have surgery booked for the end of September 2016, but the pain has been negligible the last two weeks despite recent MRI showing 1CM herniation on nerve root.
I'm reticent to have a microdisectomy if the pain barely noticable. Is it advisable to continue with the surgery anyway? I've read a lot about symptoms coming back several months later without intervention.