Hello, I have not seen my particular situation here but im sure there are others. At 61 I underwent L4-5 with total instrumentation. Was necessary to prevent further damage and total nerve inpingement. Recovered well. No more terrible pain and was living normally and back to normal whatever that is!! At 68 because of worsening scoliosis I had to have previous hardware removed and underwent T9-L5 with 18 pedicle screws long rods etc. Was in hospital and rehab for almost 1 more and was doing really well. Then at 4 1/2 mos post open I did something incredibly stupid and fell backward and fractured my spine in 4 places. The worst being at L5-S1. I have been on the drug Forteo (daily injections) for almost 7 mos and now my bones are stronger and will be having another surg. Dr will cut rods at L3-4, slide them down and out and replace them with longer rods. Hook everything back together with S1 pedicle screws as well as iliac screws. Easy peasy right? Thing is the older I get the more I am concerned about the whole process. Next step is cardio clearance and scheduling for surg fairly soon. .I am a relatively healthy and somewhat sporadically active. Enjoy camping with family and have been full time Rvers since 2001. I'm not an athlete by any means and could lose 20-lbs or so but we do enjoy our life and are so fortunate to Stoll be able to do what we do. NOT ready to quit and am trying sooooo hard to remain positive, but I still think this is my one last best shot?????