On Oct. 19,2008, I had major spine surgery. I had a scoliosis repair, foraminal and spinal stenosis repair, 3 discs removed (replaced with Titanium spacers). My surgeon fused L1-5S1 (2 rods and 4 facets, anchored to my sacrum (with a screw). He was able to create lordosis (I'd become flat). I was nearly 65 years old at the time. The surgery took 9 hours (anterior/posterior). I was in the hospital for 7 days and then went home and walked up two flights of stairs with no problem. I was mobile after one day in the ICU. I spent a month at home recuperating, mostly just resting and walking around the house each day working up to about 40 minutes. Then I began to walk outside. I took Vicadin (for pain) with Hydroxizine (for the nausea) for a month, then just Tylenol. The pain was not a problem. I was back to work 6 weeks after surgery and back to working out at the gym 2 months after surgery. They told me walking was the rehab, but I did invent and research other forms of exercise and did it, which was helpful. The surgery was truly a miracle for me. Prior to it, I'd had severe pain in my hips, butt and theighs and down one leg. I tried epidurals, then nerve blocks and took Neurontin. Finally, fed up with the way my body was clearly deteriorating and tired of the side effects of Neurontin, I decided after a year and a half to have the surgery. Wonderful result. I am back to hiking and climbing and feel entirely normal. With all the bad news about spine surgery, I wanted to share my good news.