I will be having lumbar surgery on June 29th, for a fusion at L3, L4, L5. I have a question about my height. My hubby and daughter measured me today and I was only 5'3". My normal height is 5'4 & 1/2". I've lost one and a half inches since November, 2009. Is this height permanently gone, or will my surgery help to regain some? I'll be having instrumentation also. I am 59 years young and have Osteopenia.