I had l5s1 fusion (plif with instrumentation) 3.5 weeks ago in uk. all went well and no severe pain so discharged on day 4 with advice not twist or lift anything too heavy. Really positive about outcome as, for example, severe pain when sneezing has gone. Don't see surgeon until 10.5 weeks surgery (was told it would be 6 week) and it feels like a long time without a chance to ask questions about recovery from major procedure. For example, should i return to teaching job at 5 weeks post op when sick note expires, when can i drive, are minor aches and pains on rhs due to bone graft site, should i pay for some physio to speed up recovery, can i go swimming etc ???? Don't feel very strong psychologically and don't know if this side effect of surgery too? Any thoughts anyone?