I am 46 years old, have Cerebral Palsy, DDD (L4 and L5), totally collapsed L5 or L5 S1 disc (not sure which).I have had PT beyond reason, numerous nerve blocks, multiple nerve ablations, and cortisone injections. My L5 disc herniated in June after the last RFA (MRI confirmed). I have now watched as pain and numbness has taken over my right side. Numbness has now moved to my left foot. I have burning, throbbing, soreness in my spine and backside. When it’s really bad, my backside feels as if it is literally on fire. My right leg is weak, the thigh is sore and throbs, my knee can hurt, my right lower leg and foot are partially numb. The more I walk or stand, the more severe the symptoms get. Consequently, when not at work (desk job) I spend the great majority of my time in bed. My os told me the only option left is a TLIF including total removal of the facet joint which is so arthritic that it is 3 X normal size, cleaning out the inner disc material, putting in a disc replacement with bone graft/fusing with rods due to spine instability. I have good insurance but know this procedure must be very expensive and I am worried about out of pocket expenses. I can’t get any clear information about the cost of the procedure. Can anyone give me a realistic idea of what 3 days in the hospital and the surgery could cost (live in the South)? How long on average does it take before you can go back to work if successful? How much post op pain is there? I am no wimp when it comes to pain, as I have endured a hell of a lot already. I respect my os, he is well trained and highly respected in his field. I firmly believe he would not recommend the procedure if he didn’t really believe it would help me significantly.