Hi there. I am also new to this forum and new to the world of fusions/failed fusions. I am a healthy 33 year old mother of 5 and married. On April 10,2012 I went in for the micro disectomy to release pressure from my sciatic nerve. When I came home from the hospital, I could not walk. After a week, I was back in the hospital. After several tests (MRI, CT scan and even an injection) they decided to do an exploratory surgery to find the problem. Wow. They found a broken vertebra. He could not explain when it was broken or how long it was there but he did refer to it as having a broken back. As I lie in the hospital bed, I had no choice but to have it fused. So my 3rd surgery in 2 weeks was my fusion of L4-L5/L5-S-1. I came home and began what I thought was the worst time of my life. 3 weeks into my recovery, I began feeling excruciating pain. It was terrible. Again, I could not walk, but this was also joined with a fever. So as I called my surgeon and told him my symptoms, he told me to immediately go to the ER. I had a terrible infection. I had to go into emergency surgery. I almost lost my life. The infection settled in my pelvic bone and was to explain the most pain I had experienced in my whole life. The next morning, I was still almost death. My blood pressure was 77/42, my fever was 104 and I needed a blood transfusion. To my luck, my blood transfusion rejected my body. After getting a second blood transfusion, it took and I started to come back. I had 3 more surgeries that week to clean out my infection. This makes a total of 7 surgeries in one month, in the same incision. I had to go home with an IV in my arm and had rec'd antibiotics from home for 2 months. So I started to recover. I began doing every day things. Taking care of my children. Driving, ect. I went in for my 6 month check up and told him that I never really stopped having pain. After xrays and a ct scan, I found out that one of my levels is "failed fusion" this was the L-4/L-5. He told me that he is positive that my infection killed the cadavar bone and that I need a revision surgery anterior to add more bone. At least I don't have to redo the hardware right? I am so nervous about this surgery. What am I to expect recovery wise? And damn it, I am mostly scared of getting that infection again because now I am a carrier, so it could easily come back.