I had fusion surgery of L4-5 in November 2010 and I thought I'd post an update to see if my experiences are any help to other people.
Prior to my fusion I had Percudyn Stabilization Implants put in on February 9th 2010 and felt fit enough to return to work doing light duties in May 2010.
By the 28th May I was in significant pain again and had to stop work again. After another MRI it showed that one of the implants was unscrewing itself.
This was when my surgeon decided the best course of action was removal of the implants and fusion.
It's now 8 months since that surgery and I'm still in a considerable amount of pain and reliant on 200mgs of oxycontin daily amongst the usual meds to keep the bowels moving.
My surgeon says that it could take up to 18 months to settle down and I'm beginning to wonder if it's just an excuse and I'm going to be stuck with this pain forever and a day.
Only time will tell.