)( I am due to have the above surgery on 18th September and must admit to being rather worried about the problems with voice box and swallowing as I already have problems swallowing due to muscular spasms! How long does the surgery take and when will I be able to drive again? My Surgeon has said he is going to use titanium cages. Has anyone had the operation with these being used? I had in December 2008 a very lengthy PLIF with the same Surgeon so I have every confidence in him. I wish all of you who have recently been operated on a very safe and speedy recovery. I love reading articles on this forum.