I had a Micro-descetomy(L4/L5) in April 2005 that never got better. I also herniated C5/6 & C6/7 in June 2007 After years of pain meds, epidurals, Nerve/Facet Blocks, PT(not to mention losing 2 careers) and 8 MRI's later I finally get another surgery consult for my Cervical and Lumbar issues. The Doctor decided I need a L3/4 L4/5 ALIF/PLIF and a three level fusion in my Cervical Spine.
My first Surgery will be in my Lumbar spine on September 21, 2011 (about a month a way) and a date to be determined for my Cervical Spine Fusions. The surgeon offers a class every 3rd Weds about the surgery, I have mine scheduled for August 31, so I guess I will get some good info there and I will also be measured for my back brace. The way I look at is that I have the next 1.5-4 years of Surgery/recovery time for both.
I know I need the surgeries, but the 360 fusions seem pretty intense and the recovery time seem to vary from a month or so to a year and a half.
I am still going through this site and haven't had my class so I won't ask any questions yet.