I know that everyone is different in their recovery times, but I just was wondering if anyone could give me some kind of clue as to recovery time. Ok, so I had original surgery of PLIF of L5-S1 with hardware on Sept. 15, 2008. I was just at the point of going back to work at beginning of Jan. when a darn nasty infection reared it's ugly head causing me to undergo a second surgery on Jan. 6 to clean it out. Fortunately no damage to the fusion or hardware, but the simple fact of having the same muscles and nerves cut again. I asked my ns how long this was gonna set me back from going back to work, and the only answer he gave me at the time was "depends on how you feel". I know that my body has definately been traumatized by all this, but in ya'lls opinion will I just have recovery time like as when I had my appendectomy, which was 6-8 wks, or will it take even longer due to the cutting and recutting? I realize that these are answers that my ns needs to answer,and I will go back to see him on Jan. 28, but just trying to get an idea, so I can get my mind wrapped around all this.