Well, tomorrow's the day. Groundhog Day in the Lower-48, but we call it Marmot Day up here in AK.
I'm having a multi-level (L4-L5-S1) ALIF (cages, screws, rods, etc.) and decompression first thing tomorrow morning. It's been a long road to get here having tried just about everything less invasive to relieve my pain to no avail. I'm hopeful that the future will bring reduced, manageable pain. My issues are both degenerative and injury related. I'm a male, only 38, on active duty in the Air Force so I'm hopeful my age and relative good health help my recovery, but this surgery may make it so I'm unable to continuing serving this great nation...at least with my current employer. I can't help being somewhat apprehensive about the long recovery, and the possible negative impacts it may have on my career, but I'm approaching this (surgery) as good thing with a positive attitude. This page and its forums have been more helpful than I could have hoped for.
I had my final pre-op appointment today with my surgeon and he said he's hopeful that I'll only need to stay one, possibly two nights in the hospital, which was a big relief as he originally indicated up to 5 nights.
I'll check back in and let y'all know how it goes!