Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum but old to back issues. A liitle introduction about myself. Im from Australia. I injured my back l5 s1 in march 2010 at work. My first surgery was an posterior open laminectomy disectomy in September 2010 due to herniation and S1 nerve compression.my second surgery due to spinal chord compression corda equina involvement open laminectomy/disectomy in march 2011. After 2 more MRI nerve conduction studies and urodynamics I underwent an AILF with a titanium cage and graft on the 2nd of august 2011. I'm now 4 weeks post op and still in alot of pain. I feel like this past year is a bit of a blur and I have had one surgery after another and not been able to deal with the surgery before another one is upon me. I have been told by my surgeon this is it and I had a 60% chance of success. I hope that this works, as you can all understand it's so hard to remain positive after 2 failed surgerys. So like all of us I wait and give it time and hopefully a new back is just around the corner. I look forward to getting to know you all and offer any support I may be able to offer.