I am going in for my second back surgery in a little over 2 years. The first surgery was a lumbar fusion of the L4-L5-S1. The second surgery which will be on 1/6/16 is going to be a soft fusion of the next joint up. My doc is also going to remove the hardware from the previous surgery. He says the stress from the first fusion caused movement in the next vertebrae and has now totally pinched off the nerve, obviously causing much pain in lower back and also the legs. Anyone have a similar experience?