Well I am new here asking questions but have been reading and trying to get all the knowledge that I could about surgery. I hurt myself at work and therefore having to go thru w/c for the surgery. The dr has said that I need a PLIF and it has taken alot of time to get the surgery approved but now that it is I am scared. I have a couple of questions. How long do you normally wear the brace? and how long is the pain going to last after the surgery? I have been taking Lortabs and Soma for years as this happened orginally in 2005. I had a microdisectomy that worked for a while then I had to start back on the pain meds. Is this going to cause the Dr. to be unable to control my pain because of the long time use of Lortabs and soma? Thank you in advance for you help.