Had surgery on 2/14/11, ran into problems rather than minimally invasive,,,had to resort to two 3" cuts, two rods plus a cage. I really want to bike again and I am trying to walk one mile per day starting on day five. I am still having a tough time finding ease from pain. Would like input on how long it took some of you to recovery. And any advice on tips you may have found to ease the pain.