I have been contemplating for a while whether to get a fusion surgery or not. I have been on many consultations visiting neurosurgeons and orthopedics who all recommend getting a ALIF with possible lumbar decompression surgery. I'm wondering though when would be the best time to get it done. My wife is expecting a baby in december and i was not sure whether to do it before or after her delivery. I have read on these forums here that it can take 3-6 months to fuse and almost a year for the fusion to be really strong. Also, i worry a lot about the adjacent segments degenerating. My fusion would be at the l5 s1. Any advice would be great and what to do after the fusion surgery to make my chances greater of delaying adjacent segment degeneration.