Removal of hardware after a fusion
In Dec of 2009 I had a fusion of the L5 S1 with a plate and 2 screws put in. The pain I was having was gone after surgery but a new pain started at the surgery site. The pain is getting worse and worse. I cant do much of anything anymore. I have been telling my doctor, my physical therapist and my pain management CNP about the pain and that I felt like it was the hardware causing the pain. Finally one year after after surgery I asked my neurosurgeon about removing the hardware. Yes, I had to ask. He said that he could remove it and replace it with bone. The pain is so bad that I am ready to do it. But I have heard that removing bone from your hip can cause problems with your hip. Has anyone had this done? Could you tell me what to expect? Thank you.