Had a 3 level fusion, L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, with a cage and 2 rods and 8 screws On April 6th. Discharged on April 11th. so I am already 8 days out. I can't believe I actually took the plunge. There are times I am VERY happy that I did it, and times where I regret it, but the thimes I regret it are getiing further and further away. Feeling pretty good. Glad I did it!!!!! I can not tell the success rate yet, have a of surgical site pain. Walking around a lot,I feel taller, the muscles in my legs are killing me, I think that is because I am walking straighter than I have since this began 18 years ago. It seems to be a very tough road, with a LONG way to go. I can walk around for a while, can sit for about 10 minutes, but then I get extremely tired, and have to lay down for a few hours. We have a (normally...lol) VERY comfy pit group, but I can not sit on it, I have to have a straight backed chair with a pillow behind my back. Sometimes the pain is EXCRUTIATING, but getting along, trying to find my limitations. It is very tough having to rely on others to do almost EVERYTHING for me, I am not a person that likes that, but I am learning it has to be that way. I learned that my turned out to be much more complicated than my surgeon thought when he went in. They had an extremely hard time putting me under, they say that is because I have been on such strong pain killers for such a long time. The anasthesiologist said the I was still talkinig normally to her at the point many would be under, and that she had to put more and more into me, right to the edge of dangerous. I lost 12 unit (don't know what measurement it was) of blood, a lot more than they expected, but they were able to recycle 6 of those somehow back into me. My surgeon drilled into my hip and too out my marrow for the cages, and he said it was so healthy that they were able to get some marrow from a cadaver (which really really bothers me).....but from whoever that was, i thank you and thank you and pray for you and hope that your family knows somehow you live on in me, your passing helped my life to get better. My surgery was 8 hours from first cut to close. they had though it would be around 6 hours. They then had a problem with recovery because my oxygen level kept dropping too low, and every time they gave me morphine, which was only twice in two hours, the level would drop even lower. But I am home, and on my way! Ran into one problem. They sent me home with a Foley Catheter, and i have a very bad infection down there. I am on my way to the Dr today, my first ride out since I came home. It is going to be a painful ride, and I assume and even more painful visit because they with probably have to re-cath me....OUCH! Well, I will keep writing my story here. I hope anything that i said helps anyone out. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask! My asking questions on here is what got me to make the difficult decision to have the surgery! This is an amazing site!