I am on here alot looking around, reading other people's stories and posting when i have questions or concerns. I got an email today from my insurance company saying that my doctor should have an approval for my back surgery no later than Monday.I'm not going to give much back ground on here because that is in my other posts and just don't feel i need to add it in all over again..I guess when my back doctor sent in the referral for the surgery he left out a few diagnosis codes, in which tacked on another 5 days for it to be reviewed. With my insurance company any referral that is sent in and is an in-patient procedure they have 5 buisness days to give their response unless the insurance company needs more info then that adds another 5 days and so on and so forth... anyway when i talked to the insurance company about it she went over with me what exactly the referral was for and i didnt know that i was also having a laminectomy (hope that is spelled right)done along with the TLIF surgery. Now maybe these 2 things go hand in hand and i would not know that. I dont have much knowledge when it comes to these type of things. Well my one of my questions is does this hinder my recovery time at all? Is this something that does go hand in hand together? And why would someone need that done? i dont even really know what that means to be honest. And there is something i have wanted to know but keep forgetting to ask. How long does this type of spinal fusion surgery take? As in the operating room... My hubby was asking me and i totally forgot to ask the doctor and i wont see him again until surgery day...So if anyone can just give me a estimated guess on what to expect that would be fine.. thanks in advance for the responses.. like i have said before in my other posts i do appreciate it.