My mother had spinal surgery about three years ago, but that procedure proved to be unsuccessful. At a seminar at the local hospital, my mother heard a presentation by a local spinal surgeon and decided to have a second opinion about her problem. He was optimistic that he could help her and after much prayer and consideration of the options available, she decided to schedule the surgery for the week after our return from Alaska.
She's recuperating at home now after six days in the hospital and another 10 days in rehab. While she is still in pain from the surgery, and we won't know whether the surgery was successful until after the incision heals and there is significant bone growth on the fusion, there are some good signs - the pain that she had radiating into her leg is gone and the pain she feels is different - most probably the surgical pain.
Get well Mom. Coming home yesterday was a wonderful birthday gift for Dad.