GWFami, go for it, you won't look back (without incredible pain - only jokin'!!!
I have had a laminectomy, and then a double spinal fusion, and my back has never given me a moment's trouble since (14 years and counting)
Here's what is in my back. Those titanium screws are 6mm diameter by 2 1/2 inches long. After the first year or so, the three vertabrae fused, so the screws are no longer necessary, but nobody ain't gettin' them back from me!