Should I have my hardware removed??
I'm considering a l5s1 discectomy due to extreme leg pain from herniation, and my dr is recommending removal of old hardware simply because he's going to be "in there" anyway. The hardware is from a L4L5 fusion 5 1/2 years ago. It will make surgery a bit more extensive (disc herniation would be left side only) and I'm not sure what to do. Is it worth the extra pain/recovery time to have it removed if it's not bothering me? What are the chances it will need to be removed in the future? I'm honestly afraid of another surgery as the recovery from the fusion was quite painful.... But if will help to avoid future surgeries, I'd be more inclined to do it. Any advice? Also does anyone know how the recovery of this type of surgery compares to a fusion?