I'm Shell & I've recently had a multi level (L3-S1) anterior & posterior spinal fusion. This was done in 2 stages in September of 2013. I am still in the recovery stage as my surgeon have given me up to 9 months to fully recover. I thought I may be of some help re pre or post op advice. Please feel free to message me with any questions & I will do my best to answer them. All the best to all that have upcoming ops & my thoughts go out to each & every one of you that is suffering with back pain.