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Hello and welcome to the board,

I had a one level PLIF at L4-5 in early January after being in pain and trying to avoid surgery for 3 years. My pain came on slowly so I had plenty of time to contemplate the surgery and I consulted with 8 different doctors. I also had 3 epidural injections and tried physical therapy.

I would not jump to the conclusion that you will need that many levels fused. I would do some research to see what fellowship-trained spinal specialists are in your area. These may be either orthopedic spinal specialists or neurosurgeons. Then I would make an appointment with several of them and go see what each recommends.

It sounds like you have had your share of surgeries. This was my first, so I had nothing to compare it to, but I didn't think it was bad. I was expecting much more pain!! I was kept very comfortable all along -- both in the hospital and once I got home. I was on an IV in the hospital, morphine I suppose, with one of those push buttons so I could control it myself. My surgery ended around 8 p.m., I got to my room around 10 and they let me sleep all night and then got me up about 6:30 a.m. to walk. I was in the hospital 3 days.

I am almost 11 weeks out now and I am very glad I had the surgery. I have a couple new pains that I have been told will eventually go away. My horrible pain in my legs is gone and I can now stand and walk painfree.

Feel free to ask questions and tell us a bit more about your situation.

xx M:)M