After two months of horrendous lower back/hip/pelvic and leg pain what my primary docs thought was a compression fracture has turned out to be a tumor at L3. I got two opinions from a spinal surgeon and neuro surgeon and this was confirmed. A biopsy was performed this past Wednesday and a corpectomy (sp)will be scheduled within the next 3 weeks ... assuming the biopsy comes back indicating the tumor is benign. My surgeons told me that the recovery period for this type of procedure is 6-9 months. This seems like an extremely long time to me ... anybody else have this operation? They hope to be able to do the entire operation through my left side by told me that they may have to also operate from the back. Should i expect immediate relief from pain? I've already been out of the office for 2 months and am bored to death. The problem is, sitting is the most painful position for me to be in. I can't wait to be back to normal.