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Why would one have their hardware removed?

tracibennttracibenn Posts: 95
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm just curious....what would lead to hardware removal? Is it typical to have it removed after the bone completely fuses?


  • Hi Traci,

    The only reason to have hardware removed, is if their is a issue with the hardware. It is not common to have it done, but sometimes a screw breaks or the hardware shifts or can be pressing a nerve. I am sure there are some other reasons but basically it is only if there is a problem long after surgery would they remove it. Once you are fused you don't really need it any longer, but there is no reason to go through a additional surgery if it isn't causing a issue.
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