Hello, I just had a PLIF on Nov. 18th and was discharged yesterday from the hospital. I am 24 years old and was in a major car accident in May of 2007. I started seeing an Orthopedic that speacialzes in spinal health. After continiually increasing pain and 3 mri's I was told I had spondylolisthesis and 2 herniated discs,and the only way to relieve the pain was surgery. I was in shock and proceded to have 3 other opinions, all of which conquired with my original doctor. As the year went on I tryed everything to alleviate the pain, back brace, PT, steroid injections, nerve blocks etc. NOTHING helped the pain. I was a gymnast growing up so I am very tolerant of pain and this was causing huge stressors in my life, my marriage and my career. I made the decision to have the surgery done so I could move past this. I felt I was too young and too active to be in so much pain daily. I am feeling ok, pretty sore from the surgery but very confident of the outcome. I have been walking without my walker around the house already, and am excited for my Christmas present....to may not be in pain and on the couch after running from house to house visiting family during the holidays! If anyone has advice as to what to expect over the next few weeks and any extra tips on healing I would love to hear more about what to expect then just DR's orders. I am very thankful to have found this site and connect with people that truly understand how detrimental back pain can be in your life and how serious the choices are to improve it! So I thank everyone id advance for any advice and look forward to speaking to anyone!