Visited the Dr. last week because of pain in my leg. Had PLIF L4-S1 one year ago. He seems to think that maybe I will have to have the hardware removed. I think that statement floored me and I did not ask any further questions (should have). He has set me up for PT and another visit in 6 weeks. How can he tell if the hardware needs to be removed? He told me that the screws and all are looking good and the fusion is complete and he can see the bone (pointed it out to me - looked kinda like a shadow.
What are the tell-tell signs that the hardware needs to be removed?