I had my fusion done on 8/17.
At the time my doctor was sure he got every last remnant of the disc material (I had DDD at L4/L5 and L5/S1 as well as a herniation at L5/S1).
A few weeks post surgery I was still have leg pain so he sent me for an MRI where he discovered there was still a fragment there. Went in for outpatient lam/disc on Wednesday (9/8) and was home by noon. Quite amazing actually. My leg pain has just about dissipated completely and I feel like I'm recovering well now.
I've weaned myself off of the painkillers to the point where I'm down to 1 to 1.5 percocets a day. I'm only taking them to avoid withdrawal - don't need them for pain.
Question for the group... does drinking alcohol slow down the fusion process?