Removal of hardware after fusion.
I just recently had my 3rd lower lumbar surgery in mid April 2014 going on my 6th week of recovery. First I did not know that once this hardware is placed inside it could be removed. I was not having problems in that area, I needed another fusion just above where they took out the rods and screws that were already in place. The doc says he thought that I didn't need them anymore even though he fused just the one. I'm having more sciatica nerve pain than before! Do they need your permission for that? I also had my right gum damaged when they incubated me for surgery so for 5 weeks I had terrible pain without knowing why until some small white hard sharp item pushed it's way out and looks like a small sharks tooth! Soft food diet for 5 weeks so I lost 8 pounds and no one is giving me any answers. Any thoughts?