I am scheduled to have my L4/l5/S1 fusion surgery on 1-19-15. I was diagnosed many years ago with spondylosis, with sciatic pain starting about a year ago. Initially, I thought nothing of the "nagging" new pain until it seemed like it was always there and getting worse by what seemed the day. 1st dr wanted to put me on a pain medication regiment (I hate taking pain Meds, I don't do well on them) so I wanted a second opinion as I felt fixing the problem was a better solution than living on pain Meds or trying to go through life with increasing daily pain. The second dr gave me two options...Meds and hope its controllable or surgery. I chose the surgery. I know this won't be an immediate fix, but am wondering, of those who had sciatic pain and had the fusion surgery, has it helped you? I was told that it has a 90% success rate and in a year I shouldn't have any pain so I'm just trying to get the input of those who have had this surgery in the past. Thank you advance for your time and any replies I might get to this post.