Saw My Neuro yesterday. My L-5/S-1 fusion is now scheduled for Sept 20. I'm a big baby w/this stuff. However I have had a 3 level acdf in '08. Anyway he cannot guarantee pain relief or that the numbness in my thigh and foot will stop. He did say that recovery estimation time is 9-12 months. I have quit smoking as he asked me to do. I'm on Chantix and it seems to work somewhat. 3 Days so far w/out a cig. He was glad to hear that as he will not operate otherwise. I was a 2.5 pk a day smoker for roughly 35 yrs. The cravings come and go, but i wont give in.More importantly,i'm scared but i go thru this all the time....the anticipation is worse than the procedure usually.As u all prob know from other posts, i live alone and might have to go into a re-hab. I hope not but i might have to. I also have a dog which my x will take. I'm just scared and dredding this and now i got a month to bug-out over it, but i cannot live like this anymore...