Hello all I am new to the boards here. I am a career firefighter/paramedic and have several back related issues I will list them below. HNP @ T11-L2, HNP L5-S1, DDD L3-L4 and L5-S1. I know that the surgeon already said that these issues need to be addressed and I am wondering what kind of recovery time I can expect to have from these procedures. There is one area of my lumbar spine with no disc space left which I am sure we'll have to address asap as well as S1 nerve displacement. As a firefighter how long should I expect to be off work before returning to full-duty again? I know that most likely I will have the lumbar herniated area worked on and maybe a fusion. If anyone can provide there thoughts it would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.- Dave S.