I have had 3 surgeries and more injections that I can count in the last year and a half. Including discectomy, laminectomy and foraminotomy (sp?)and 2 level fusion on L4-5 L5-S1. I have degeneratative disc disease and I had 2 herniated discs to the point I was bone on bone. Still having a lot of pain and they are saying it is because I am small framed and there isnt enough room for the hardware and they suggest removing it. I am really torn about having it removed. Part of me says let's do it and get relief and part of me says what if it doesnt help? I know there are no 100% promises it will work. How bad is the surgery? how bad is the recovery? I go the 23rd to see the dr so I can ask more questions but I want my fellow back people to give me feedback. Only a fellow 'backie' can truly understand and feel my pain/indecision. Thanks!