Well all I can say is between the power of prayer and an amazing doctor and staff, I believe this is the most amazing thing that's ever happened to me!
I went in for a fusion of L3-L4-L5 and S1, 4-6 hour surgery. Well, 7 1/2 hours, 8 screws, 6 (I think) plates, 2 plastic discs, mine and synthetic bone and the loss of 1600cc of blood with 650cc recycled and returned to me, I would say, without a doubt, I would not hesitate to have this again!
I'm glad I'm one of the ones this seems to have worked on, I feel for the ones it hasn't.
I am able to walk without pain in my left foot and back, I'm getting feeling back in my left leg and only used a walker for 3 days in the hospital and one day home. I walk every day, gladly, I used to hare walking! The doctor said I was a poster child for this kind of surgery. I know I had my deceased parents with me, by my side. This is a surgery my father should have had but his health wasn't that great to get him through. I did this for him, then me.
I believe in the knowledge od my doctor and his staff, the power of prayer and my parents being with me.
Also, I had such a positive attitude going in, they asked If I was ok. I was not nervous and had no need to cry.
I don't know what else to say, I just want everyone to know my surgery wasn't as big, bad and scary as I believed it to be.
I hope everyone could have the experience I did.