I thought it would be good to post another positive experience, so here goes: For a year and a half, I had terrible leg pain just walking or standing. I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis (slipped disk at L4-L5), bulging disk, spinal stenosis and bone spur...all of this at the L4-L5 level. I tried injections, PT, resting, etc. and nothing worked. Finally, decided I was too young (47) to live with the pain and didn't want to be taking a cocktail of pain killers the rest of my life. I had a PLIF on June 24th. Other than a rough 2 days in the hospital after the surgery due to what they called a narcotic induced headache, I bounced back nicely within a week...and ALL of the leg pain and numbness was gone! All I had to deal with was the surgery pain. In 2 weeks, I was pretty much off the pain meds and walking the required 2 miles. I've been walking 2 miles every day since and it's a miracle to me to walk without the pain. To me, the hardest part of this whole experience has been restlessness I feel not being able to do anything but read, watch tv, get on the computer, etc. My body feels like it wants to do so much more, even with the back brace on, but I have to be patient. Sometimes I get the restless leg syndrome at night and can't sleep. I think PT will help with that, which I hope to start next week. Anyway, a reputable surgeon, a supportive family, and a positive attitude during recovery are all key to a successful outcome in my opinion. I'm sure it helped that I was in good physical condition prior to the surgery as well. I'll try to give a 2 month update when the time comes. Best wishes to all that have an upcoming fusion. Hang in there and remember - POSITIVE THINKING!