On Tuesday the 24th I'm having my hardware taken out. It will either be 3 small incisions or one 4-5 inch incision. He will decide that after he takes the x-rays on the table. It really depends on the crossbar between my rods. He doesn't plan on stripping the muscles off this time, just moving them aside or putting small hole in them if he has to. I'm a little nervous but after the success of the hardware block I'm very hopeful. I know it is like doing this all over again but in my level of pain if I don't do something soon I'll be disabled. If anyone has any recovery tips or even has an idea of how long it takes to recover please share. He said anywhere from 2-8 weeks depends on me and my body.