"Nothing should ever take 2-3 years to recover from." This the voice of inexperience in caring for chronic pain patients. Back pain patients are well known in some cases to plateau in their healing at 4 years.Of the patients that I have removed mesh from 50% of those who are going to get better are better within 6 months. The rest of those who are going to get better are spread out over 2.5 years. This is my data. My next survey will be at 3.5 years. This is the nature of chronic pain which is a central nervous system phenomenon for which we have no direct treatment.