I'm 11 months post op L5-S1 Alif/Plif.10 months in brace and now nearly pain free.Dr. released me with only these restrictions;no roller coasters, horse back riding, 4 wheelers unless they have extra good shocks and use good sense when lifting! I have also reversed my type 2 diabetes in 1 year. I'm off all pain meds and feeling better every day. I am truly blessed. If you are suffering there is hope!I pray for all you spineys everyday!For all you newbies this is a great site! Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.