Can someone help me understand this: the first four vertebraes from the lower back has to have a titanium rod inserted but with bone grafts because the patients bones are weak. The main part of the surgery is the vertebrae right above the tailbone (coccyx)where there are nerves and very close to the spine. What are the chances of the patient surviving this type of surgery and what are the rates of a doctor performing this? The patient doctor already told her that since he has been doing surgery, he failed twice. He is now much older and experienced. I don't know what they call this type of surgery. Anyone knows? What is recovery time? Can a lay person take care of this person or should this person be in rehab in a nursing home until ready to be release to their home? Curious.