I came here because I did not know exactly what Discectomy was. I feel very sad that you are going through this. My daughter was put to bed for a couple of months in the winter of 2010. She has a badly herniated disk. The recommendation was for a neurosurgeon to remove her disk. She chose not to have the surgery. She has done PT, yoga, acupuncture, therapeutic message, herbals as well as pain meds. She works with aqualates and a female pt who is working on strengthening her pelvic floor muscles. She is able to walk and sometimes it is in line. Other times if she does not focus she tilts and walks with a funny hip motion. She still has pain, but she feels she is making progress. So far she is determined not to have the surgery, but I so acutely recognize that every case is different and making this decision is very difficult. I have talked with numerous people at the health and fitness center and the results have been all over the scale from had surgery and was able to walk without with out pain to my back fractured shortly after the surgery. So I really can't help.
I can only say I wish you the very best and a healthy body.