Hello, I had posterior spinal fusion on L4, L5, S1 2/14/08 (nine months ago today). I am 29 years old. I got the surgery because I was having chronic low back pain as a result of grade 1 spondelo. in L5. Before surgery I was very active, Basketball, running, Rock climbing, Backpacking, despite the pain. I have more pain now than before the surgery. I can't sit or stand for more than 10 minutes without severe pain. I'm also dealing with depression because I live in regret and feel no hope. I am currently living in Ecuador (Moved here 5 months after the surgery). I have been in the same condition for the last 4 months. I have seen many back specialists down here and gotten X-rays, MRIs, and other tests. They can't find anything wrong. I finally got an epidural which made me feel better for two days and then the pain returned in full force. My Dr. Here took my case before a group of Spine Specialists and they all came up with the conclusion that the Hardware is what is causing my problem. They believe that my body is rejecting the rods and screws and is causing inflammation all around them. They suggest that I have the Hardware removed this coming February. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Has hardware removal worked for any of you? Are there dangers to it?