Hello -- My first log in. After 3 years of back pain and sciatica, and trying countless non-surgical treatments, at 50 yrs old I underwent a PLIF 7 days ago. So far so good.... No walker, walking with a cane and going up and down stairs are OK; I even played the piano for 10 minutes or so 3 times in the past 3 days. I can't stand, walk or sit for more than 30-45 minutes at a time, but I am managing my pain with less than full dosage of meds and I'm slightly stretching the dosage times as well. I'm not looking forward to spending so many hours in 2009 with my clamshell, but I have a positive outlook for now. Planning to return to work after the first of the year.