Hello Friends, My name is Nate as you probably already guessed "Duh!". I injured my back back on 6/11/09 and can't straighten up or sleep through the night and I am having severe bladder control issues. I can't take Ibuprofen or Motrin because I'm allergic to NSAIDS. I've had epidurals and they aren't helping. Finally a Neurosurgeon here in Glen Burnie, MD advised me that the damage to my L4-L5 and L5-S1 is such that I am in need of a decompression and fusion. The fact that I am experiencing what he called Cauda Equina Syndrome makes this all the more necessary. My question is, what should I expect from a surgery standpoint, is it inpatient or outpatient and how long does it take to recover if at all and what are the odds of full recovery vs. future pain and suffering? If anyone has any WC hearing info, that'd be great too.