it doesn't sound like that procedure is very successful at all. I recall a comment with a surgeon during an appointment where he called that procedure the gold standard of treating spondylisthesis and disk degeneration.
Based on the results I'm seeing on these boards I'd hate to see the silver standard.
So, for those who have had fusion, has it been successful in relieving some or a good deal of your pain? Or has it done nothing and actually exacerbated the pain?