On July 17th, 2008 I underwent surgery due to severe pain in my right leg and the loss of feeling in my right foot. I had the symptoms for six months before seeing my doctor. I'm 29 years old and a competitive powerlifter and I work as a heavy equipment operator. While experiencing the leg and foot pain I continued to lift thinking that it would just go away. After an MRI the NS told me that I had moderate DDD l4-s1, grade 1 spondylolysthesis l5-s1 and a bilateral pars fracture with moderate neuro foraminal narrowing. My question is that my surgery involved a 2 level PLIF with hardware (l4-s1) with laminectomy and discectomy, is that an excessive surgery or is that normal? After surgery my NS told me that there was substantial nerve damage done, he stated that basically my nerves were crushed. I'm now six weeks post-op and still have alot of pain while laying on my back and when trying to stand up. The pain is like a crushing feeling. Just looking for some input.