I had L4-L5 Surgery in Sydney Australia, on 12th of August. I had the radiated pain from back, down leg, numb calf, pain and numbness in ankle, overtop of foot to my big toe. Less to my remaining toes and under the ball of my foot. I to just bent over to pickup something insignificant. Id been farming , sports, heavy lifting previously in my life. I had a vertebrae, that moved 9mm. Serious stuff! Neuro couldn't believe I could walk. But I walked everyday leading into my surgery. From 5/7km, the neuro wanted me as fit as possible for my surgery.I also lost 17kg for the surgery. Iv had a disc, benign tumor removed from spinal cord. Iv now got screws, plates, bone grafts. I spent 1 day in ICU, it's normal after big surgeries. On day 4, I was walking, showering myself. Out of hospital on day 8(private) I think they keep you a bit longer. And took short ,frequent walks 10 minutes max to start . I'm now one month out. Walking twice a day about 2.5 km each time. No pain,except a little residual in foot. My neuro said being as fit and active beforehand set me up for a good recovery. I was the only person walking the ward whom had similar surgeries. BUT I was a lot younger than most to at 59 years. The same nuro did a c2/3 3/4 fusion for me in 1998 no problem since. See nuro in two weeks xray etc to see how bone grafts are going.