I survived! I had a TLIF L5/S1 and removal of a severely arthritic joint performed on Oct 27. It took 3 1/2 hours to complete. Because of Cerebral Palsy, spasms after surgery were excruciating to say the least and took 5 - 6 days to get under control. I was in the hospital 4 days then in rehab center for 13 days. I got home 11/12.I got great help there. I got intentive PT and great overall medical care. The first week was hell on earth but once I turned the corner, I have made great progress. I have suffered some neuro problems which both my doctors and I hope are temporary; soreness and diminished sensation (not full numbness) in the left hip area and I am having urgency and badder retenion issues. Since it is still less than 3 weeks after surgery, it is hoped that once swelling subsides, these problems will too. Great news is that the surgery did get rid of all my original pain, throbbing, numbness and weakness. A true miracle indeed. I start 4 weeks of outpatient pt on Tuesday 3X a week. Even with the hopefully temporary problems, I have not felt this good in over 10 years and I am actually smiling again and have some energy. Friends say they have never seen me look this good. And of course my personality has made a 180 for the better. I have been in pain so long, no one has seen the real me! Yes the surgery hurts like hell and the spasms are horrible but the surgery is so worth it. It is going to take me quite a while toget back to normal 100% (in great part due to my disability). Just thought those of you I have chatted with would like an updated.