Hi all!! I am having an anterior posterior dual fusion of L4-L5 and L5-S1 at the end of October. Also having discectomy as I have ruptured disc at these sites as well. I am 30 years old, a nurse in the ER, in good shape, just about to complete my nurse practitioner degree, and have a 4 year old. I need to return to school and work as soon as possible. I was just wondering how other people who had similar surgeries as me found their recovery. Were you able to go back to work sooner or later than you anticipated? How soon were you able to stay at home alone after your surgery? How long did you stay in the hospital after surgery? I am just unsure of what to expect, despite what my surgeon has told me (he told me I could go back to work with light duty, and slowly progress my way back up to 12 hour shifts after about 4 weeks as long as I wear my back brace). Also he told me to expect to wear the brace for up to 6 months. Just curious and wanting opinions on how your recoveries went. Thanks.