It has been just over a year since I had my L4-L5 Laminectomy-PLIF with cage. I write not to brag but to offer encouragement. I went for my one-year check up and the x-rays showed solid fusion. I have no pain. I take no meds. I play tennis 3 hours at a time. I cleared the driveway this morning. The years of pain, surgery, post-surgery, drugs, walker, cane, and physical therapy are all becoming more and more distant memories now. I offer thanks for the words of encouragement I received here about a year ago, and in return I offer hope, encouragement and happy holiday wishes to all spineys out there.