After I was scheduled for surgery, I had to have an ekg, chest xray, chemistry panel, and a CBC...or complete blood count. I went in to the hospital the morning of. I had a fusion L5 and S1, and dynamic stabilization of L4 and L5. After coming out of surgery, I had an IV, a small drain in the incision area, a urinary catheter, and a Morphine pump. I was pretty groggy that day and evening, and in quite a bit of pain. That first night was a long night. The next day they got me up in the afternoon. I thought they were crazy....... I think they took me to therapy that day too. I had Surgery on Monday and came home on Thursday. They mentioned me staying in a day or so longer, but it seemed like my husband was doing most of my care, so I came home. I think the next week or after 10 days or so, they sent a therapist to work with me at home for 2 weeks 2 or 3 times a week. Really basic stuff. Get a lift for your toilet seat... It will help ! I had my surgery Sept 20th. I'm just now in my second week of PT. He didn't want me to start therapy until 15 weeks or so. So thats where I'm at now. Good luck.