Hello this is my first post. I'm 8 weeks post op from posterior 2 level fusion L4-S1 with screws and rods. I had read all the horror stories and wanted to post because surgery has been a huge improvement. My original pain was gone when I woke up and my post op pain was never close to as bad as the times when my back flared up. I was out if the hospital in 3 days, off pain meds at 2 weeks and working from home at 2 weeks and back to the office at 7 weeks. I do feel tired when I do too much and have to be diligent about everything but I couldn't be happier with my progress. I wanted to make sure to come on here because there were so few positive stories when I was reading before my surgery.i start therapy in 4 weeks and I'm hoping everything continues this well. It is so important to go into this with a positive outlook and frame of mind because it is hard not being able to do much and to take it slow, especially when you are used to being active. But mine has been so worth the short term sacrifice so far. Good luck everyone.