Hello, I am new here. I had XLIF surgery on May 6th, 2013. Surgery was never an option for me, I was afraid. I had chronic pain for about 10 years. I had severe degenerative scoliosis and the pain got so bad I could not take it anymore. I went to pain management for about a year until I realized I will be on meds for the rest of my life unless I do something. My doctor locally did not do the 2 level XLIF and I was lucky enough to be referred to a doctor at the University of Miami. He was confident that he could help me. I had no doubts, I went for it. I have to tell you the first two weeks post surgery were tough, but if you do what the doctor says( no bending, no lifting and no twisting) you will heal just fine. I am amazed with the results of this minimally invasive procedure. I have no pain that I had prior to surgery. I do get sore when I do too much, but no pain!!! I am very active so I could not wait to get back to exercising, gardening, playing with my granddaughter and walking my dogs. I am writing to let others know there is hope and back surgery does not have to be scary. Once you find the right surgeon, you will find relief. God Bless!