I had a double fusion at L3/4, L 4/5 back in June. I have a cage, screws, and bone stimulator. The bone stim. you can almost see through my skin on my mid- back on the right side. Pretty good size goose egg. I have been having allot of pain in that area and my Dr. said on my next visit in December he will schedule to take it out. Also, he tested the battery in it and the battery is dead. I just want to know about the actual procedure. He talked about giving me a local, and I would have to be on my stomach. I cry when I have to be on my stomach because of so much pain. Do you think there might be an option where I can be on my side? He said I also would be in the hospital overnight. Anyone else have their bone stim. removed? I am also one of those people who are in pain 24/7, and am looking forward to a day without pain from the actual surgery.