I never would have guessed that I would say this, especially at this age, but I’m scheduled for L5/S1 back surgery on February 2nd. The procedure is called a discectomy, and it involves removing part of a herniated disc that is pressing on my spinal cord and causing pain down my right leg. If you’re into such things, you can click my MRI image above for an image with notes.
Fortunately, my mom and dad will be flying to Knoxville the night before to stay with us for a few days while I recuperate.
My neurosurgeon has given me an 80% chance of successful surgery, meaning that there is a 4 in 5 chance that the surgery will dissipate or resolve the pain I’m experiencing.
Honestly, I feel quite at peace about the whole thing and no real anxiety about the procedure, but your prayers are appreciated.