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I am no stranger to back surgery. My first was for a ruptured disc 26 years ago, worked great, the second was three years ago for another buldging disc, scare tissue and a cyst which gave symptoms of with severe back and leg pain. I was opnly in the hospital 1 night recop at home for 4 weeks and everything has been great unti about 3 weeks and I hurt my back again.My neurosurgeon has suggested to stablize my lower back by using rods and pins and bone grafts. I really like this MD. He has spent hours explaining and going over the surgury he suggests, but I am VERY worried about this extensive 8 hour surgury 5 day hospital stay and 4 week recovery. I have only hear horry stories. Other patients say the leg pain, weekness and numbness is gone but they have constance severe back pain with limited mobility. HELP!!! KR