Hello All, this is my first post. I have a question. I'm scheduled for L-5/S-1 disc fusion on Sept 5th. History: I'm a career firefighter, who fell backwards/headfirst down a flight of stairs while fighting a fire back in January. After undergoing physical therapy, steroid injections, RF treatment and a discography, my neurosurgeon is doing the disc fusion. My question is this: He feels confident that I will be able to return to work in December. This surgeon has a wonderful reputation in this area of the state, and I trust that he knows what he's talking about. And unfortunately, my workers comp company sent me to their doctor last month. He said that I'm able to return to work now. So, workmens comp cut me off. I'm currently using my sick/vacation days to cover my time off. And, I'll be out of this time towards the end of November. My brother firefighters are signing up to work to cover the remaining days that I may require off. Worst case scenario is having them cover me for the month of December, and using more vacation days I'll have accrued to get me through January. But I'm still hoping my doctor is correct in stating that I'll be back after 3 months. Opinions? Comments? I'm starting to get a little nervous about the whole thing, but I can't go on in pain, and I certainly can't go back to firefighting without the surgery.