For the last year I have been fighting with a herniated L5-S1 disc that's pushing on one of my nerve roots. It's just slowly getting worse, and my doctor says that at this point (we have tried everything else) surgery might be the only way to fix this problem. I am worried that after I have surgery - a microdiscectomy - that I will not be able to lift my baritone anymore or play. Has anybody around here ever had back surgery? Please let me know.