I'm 4 weeks post op and thought I would share my experience. I'm 27 and had a single level fusion at L5-S1. The surgery was better than I expected: I was able to sleep in the hospital and food wasn't bad. My pain has been managed well and honestly wasn't much worse than my prior back pain. i was able to climb stairs when i returned home. the most discomfort i had the first two weeks was from my leg muscles being so tight! when i stand my muscles are soooo tight my calf would cramp. I am still uncomfortable/restless but not too much pain. I sleep ok but not great. I'm easily tired and need to rest during the day. I don't tolerate sitting in the car well yet, the seat irritates my incision. I am able to move around well and have to remember not to over do it! So far so good... My first post op is Monday.
Lumbar fusion L5-S1 06/11/13.