The good news is that the surgery went without any problems. It took about 2 hours. The surgeon is very capable and has done thousands of this operation. There was much damage to the discs and he had to rearrange the bone to give more strength in places. Thank goodness no metal plates were necessary. The doctor tries to have the back heal as normally as possible. Mr. Water's incision is about 7" long. They used 28 metal staples to hold it together.

He stayed in hospital for 2 days. Because of...
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