I am in week 10 post-op, recovering from laminectomy, discectomy, and spinal fusion (lumbar area L2-L5). I tried it all over the course of about 9 months: epidural injections, steroid shots. PT, etc. Nothing worked. Injections worked for about a week or less. PT actually made me worse!
Recovery: Overall, I feel like I am on track to be one of the success stories. First few weeks were a nightmare, as most who have had this surgery also experienced. Took about 3 weeks using the walker to finally start walking on my own (I suspect mostly mental, due to being afraid of falling again). Great news is that the severe sciatica is completely GONE. I have some lingering nerve pain, most noticeable is I've been sitting too long. I am now climbing stairs and walking 2.5-3 miles per day. The only issue with walking is that my hip flexors are EXTREMELY tight.
So glad that I found this forum. Hoping to get some feedback/advise from those who've been on this journey!