And now you've heard of another. I had lumbar fusion surgery 2 1/2 years ago. I got my life back! Recovery was rough, 3 months of being basically helpless and then 3 months of light duty. But now, 100%.You heard of one now. 7 years plus, it's still good and it didn't take 6 months to recover, more like 2 months. I was bent over like I was 100 years old and in constant pain. Every case is different that is why the problem needs to be identified correctly and the treatments will vary depending on what the problem is.
And as long as I take care of my back, lift correctly (and never, ever bend and twist at the same time) and stay in reasonable shape and weight, I am good to go.
Here is pic of seriously medieval looking hardware whey put in.
Funny thing is, the surgeon said the metal is useless after the bone graft, it is only there to support the fusion while it is forming. They could take it out now and the joint would be just as strong. Doc said if I ever get in a crash and break my back, it will not be that joint.