Two weeks ago I had my second fusion in two years. The first fusion was for the L4-L5-S1. My whole back is in horrible shape, so the stress from this fusion quickly took toll on the next level. My surgeon was going to do a "soft" fusion, doing a laminectomy on L3-L4 and using the bone along with bone compound to form the fusion. His fear was that another instrumentation would put greater stress on the rest of the back. It would be a longer recovery period because it would be less stable without the hardware. However, when he got in there and starting removing bone, there were fractures in the area and thus he had to use the hardware as a result. This recovery sucks more as the pain is an all over back ache, I can't find a decent sitting position as the pressure on the spine is very uncomfortable. Another thing freaking me out is that the area where the hardware went in is swollen into a knob. My back is still swollen as there is fluid that eventually will drain. The knob looks different though and I did not experience this on my first surgery. Has anyone experienced this kind of issue? I go in for my first followup this Thursday so I will have X-rays and be able to ask questions. Just kind of freaking me out right now.