I would agree with your surgeon that there is no evidence of mechanical root compression. This is probably a stretch radiculopathy. If you are uncomfortable, you could consider a transforaminal epidural steroid at the surgical level. History and careful examination might be helpful to point to the exact level but generally, the suspected root likely was near the surgical level.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.