Well, for me it has been a year since my lumbar surgery. L1 to S1 of my spine is pretty much shot so I had L3 to S1 fused last year at this time with a laminectomy and all the fun hardware...It took me two month to walk on my own again without my walker, 7 months to lose my cane, 8 months to get back on a bike, nine months to get completely off pain pills and now I am golfing again! Never thought I would ever golf again but one year later life is better than it has been in 15 years. I even had an ACDF from C4 to C7 2 years ago as well...I watched my mom suffer all her life with this stuff without correction and I was worried. Now I am so grateful for what doctors are able to do these days! I know it doesn't always work out but in my case it sure did and for those of you worried about surgery I hope my story can help you to realize that it does work out. People like myself don't come back to this site so you rarely hear our story but we are out there! I am actually golfing 18 holes at least once a week and feeling just fine afterwards. I do recommend that you stretch before and after and that you do your back exercises every day. But life sure can be sweet on the other side!
Good luck to all of you facing the surgery!