My name is Stephanie and I am 39. I had surgery on August 20th. I had a grade 3 spondylothesis. I tried every natural way to control my pain and get better. Surgery was last on my list. My first stop was a chiropractor, who I went to all winter, last year. It gave me some relief, but i probable shouldve seen the ortho first. I was always a work out nut. I ran & lifted weights & I had to give all of that up. So I chose yoga & walking. But, still my pain was chronic. My next stop was to the ortho who said I needed surgery. I was tired of the pain. So anyway, I got fused at L5-S1, they took a graft from my hip and they went in front & back. So, I figured I would give you some advice from my experience. It has been 4 weeks today. It has definitely been tough, at tines but each day, I get a little better. I feel like my old back pain is gone. I do have some hardware pain, but definitely better then before. My worst pain is my legs and that too, is getting better. The spasms, in my legs, were pretty unbearable, the first week, I was home. And my feet, would hurt so bad. All of that, has subsided. It is still there, but nothing like before. I do, a lot of walking. I really wish I could stretch, that's what I feel like my legs needs. I wish I could bend & touch my toes. I know I have to wait for all of that. I'm in a hard brace. I'm not sure how long. The dr said up to 3 months. I go back in October & I'll keep my fingers crossed that maybe it'll come off then. I'm anxious to begin PT but I'm patient and I follow dr's orders. . There's nothing more I want then to get my life back. So, here are some must haves for when you get home. You'll need a grabber. For some reason, I drop stuff constantly, now that I'm not supposed to bend over. I recommend a new pair of sneakers. You must walk, that is key to recovery. Remember, your gait was different prior to surgery. Build your distance, little by little & walk frequently, several times a day. But, listen to what our dr says & your body. Push yourself but don't overdo it, I paid dearly for walking too far, the second week. Also, my boyfriend bought me new recliner. It's tough to sit up, in the beginning. Sitting, reclined is the most comfortable position for me. The recliner has been a very important. So, I hope this helps for people considering surgery. I still have a long road ahead me, but I am very positive about my recovery. Good luck!