Fourteen years ago at 34, I had an L5S1 fusion. It was hell on Earth.They used bone from my hip and it still hurts. Now I have to get the L4 done. My recovery last time was long and miserable. Plastic cast for 9 months- no driving for at least 8wks yada yada yada. In 2008, what's it like to have a fusion? I know its 3-5 in the hospital but what do I expect when I get home? I am really bugging out thinking about this procedure. All I can remember was the horror of it all. Please, your honest feedback is sorely needed. I don't have 3 months to give up to have this done- yet again. I'm hoping things have improved with this procedure/recovery. HELP!!!!!