This question is probably more suitable for the men, but there may be some ladies who can also comment.
I had a PLIF (L4-S1) in January 2011. Since then I have lost about 10 lbs (I know this sounds unbelievable) and my pants are literally falling down. When I put on a belt it hurts my back (DUH).
Have others on this list had to resort to the use of suspenders? I equate this to being old (comparable to being a grandfather) and I don't want to do it unless I have to.