I am back home! The surgery went well and the doctor believes that the herniated disc has been fixed. I am restricted to bed rest for 4 days now, but I am feeling great with little pain right now - less pain than before the surgery.
I am hoping for a speedy recovery and have a secret desire to complete the STP event after all - but most importantly, I am going to take it easy and make sure that I heal properly so i can put this issue behind me once and for all! Cycling and photography can wait their turn.