Hi my husband had a major back op 24th April 2008 and he had 7 levels done on his back, 2 rods and 14 screws later, the surgery took 9 hrs. Its a year gone by and he still has pain, is this normal? He does his excises as recommemded by his surgeon and walks everyday. From this op he developed a bladder problem, he had an op for that in Nov and seems to be doing ok. They surgeon says it will take 18 months for him to recover from this. He cant do much at this stage still. Will he ever be free of the pain?