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    Interesting question, probably best for your surgeon to answer; even your doctor wouldn't be able to answer that.

    The only ones I know of are

    a) Microdisectomy - lesser quicker operation 20-40 mins although you will be under general ansesthetic for about 3 hours (well I was)

    b) Disc fusion - they fuse the disks together with a mini meccano set because the disk is so badly warn. 

    The key is how well you stick to the recovery plan. Unfortunately, patients try and come back too quickly and end up back at square one.

    Andy Murray had a microdisectomy and then a year or so later won Wimbledon.   

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      Problem is at the same time, so did Tiger Woods, two disectomies in fact, and he has been crap ever since. My physio thinks the Americans rehab is too acclerated unlike ours.  

      During this time, he also blew it with  Lyndsey Vonn, but that is probably irreleavent !

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    I had an open discectomy with a laminectomy. The laminectomy involves removal of a part of the lamina which covers the spinal canal. After this the part of the disc which is protuding into the spinal canal and putting pressure on the nerves is cut and removed. 

    Apparently a microdiscectomy causes a smaller cut due to which the scarring and trauma is less.

    But I guess your neurosurgeon would be the best person to throw up options.

    Hope you have an early healing and recovery.

    Harry

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