My name is Jack. I am 30 years old and have been in the Air Force for 12 years. I began experiencing back pain about 2 years ago. I was diagnosed with grade 1 spondylolisthesis (L5-S1) with severe formaminal narrowing on my left side and moderate on the right side. For the last several years I have tried many different conservative treatments to include epidural injections (5), facet block, traction, physical therapy, nerve medications (gabapentin and lyrica), pain killers, flexion based core stabilization with no significant relief of my pain achieved. My experience has been very painful, depressing and has really forced me to make drastic changes in my life to decrease my pain level. I opted to have a PLIF at L5-S1 w/ a decompression and fusion at the same level. I am scheduled to have the surgery on 18 Aug. I am really nervous about the procedure and my recovery. I would like to continue my career in the military and retire in 8 years when I reach 20 years on active duty. Had I chose not to have surgery I would have been discharged due to inability to perform my duties w/ the pain and limitations that my condition had brought on. I would still have chosen to have the surgery whether or not it impacted my career because it has impacted my personal life greatly. I would appreciate your advice, specifically about the surgery and hospital stay of which I am extremely scared.