I am five months post-op. I had fusion between L3-L5, I am still using a cane and stumbling due to weakness in leg. I also have numbness in my saddle area and cannot feel anything between my legs. I believe that it is possible the surgeon messed up. He said the numbness would go away. Does anyone else have this problem? I had so many complications. Surgery took 12 hours (which I could not believe) and then I was intubated for another 12 hours because I was unable to breathe on my own. I had to have 2 units of blood, got a blood clot in my leg, and had five UTIs while in the hospital and rehab unit. I feel terribly depressed although I did "fire" my surgeon and did find another one for follow up.