I have been a member know for over one year. Haven't posted anything in a long time. I have learned alot just reading the answers you guys have had for others. I am one and a half months post fusion surgery of l-5 s-1. The surgeon did most of the work on the right side due to severe sciatica from stenosis. Initially I was in amazing condition. My sciatica pain was down to 3-5, where before surgery I was hitting 7-9 easily and tens were never out of the question. Know I am feeling quite a bit different. My sciatica pain has returned to consistent 4-6, my whole back aches and the incision site from ileac bone harvest is swollen and leaking. At my two week appointment with surgeons PA she described the incision site as like a carpet burn. I routinely use peroxide and saline to clean but the swelling remains and it won't scab over. My back brace hits it sometimes and is very very painful. I do not have unrealistic expectations from surgery but I was hoping maybe you guys could help me out with understanding the sciatic pain and maybe how to get the incision site to close and heel. Thank you in advance for any help you can give. Have a great day!