Let me see if I can help with some of your questions. My first fusion was L1-L5. Yes it was worth it. I don't regret it at all. After you heal and rehab at least for me there was no pain. As far as bending and twisting L1-L5 didn't really limit me. I have since been fused from my tail bone to the base of my neck. Now your talking about a whole different fusion. I can't bend or twist but you asked about just the lumbar area. When it gets cold the rods don't get cold. However you will experience some stiffness until the weather warms up. Everyone will react different so my feelings may NOT be the same as what others are having. You can hear all kinds of horror stories on this site as to what others have gone threw so I would suggest a real long talk with your doctor.
Originally Posted by kardoid
Good Luck, BackTalk
March 23, 2006 Anterior/posterior Ileum-T2
15 1/2 Hours
Dr. Tom Lowe R.I.P.