Removal of L5-S1 fusion hardware
Hi, I am trying to find out if anyone has had hardware removed after a L5-S1 fusion. I had the fusion done in 2004 due to bones not fusing naturally. I have been having lots if pain lately and was sent to see a neurosurgeon to talk about possibly putting a spinal stimulator in. After he looked at my back and felt around and realized where the pain was, he said that removing the hardware could possibly help more right now because it seems the hardware is irritating tissue and muscle and causing the pain. I am just trying to find out the recovery time for this and if anyone who had it was happy with it. I cant seem to find many people who've had this done, so I would like to know if doing this will help.