Can anyone feel their fusion hardware when rubbing/pressing on the skin of your back? If so, has your doctor confirmed and explained this?
My surgeon and his PA said that it shouldn't be possible for me to feel my hardware from the outside, because there's too much skin, fascia, fat, and muscle over the hardware. They said you'd only be able to feel the hardware if it were coming out (which, according to images, mine is not) or if you were extremely skinny (which I am definitely not).
However, when I saw my doctor recently--for the first time since surgery without my big, bulky, hard LSO brace on, he was able to palpate the area and said it was actually my hardware we were feeling. But he was surprised and didn't know why.
My muscles did atrophy a lot during the almost 4 months I was in the LSO/hip spica brace, but they still didn't expect to feel the hardware.