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Lumbar hardware removal

steflanesteflane Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 2:03 PM in Lower Back Pain

I am seriously considering having my L-5/S1 Zielke rods and pedicle screws removed after 24 years. If you, or anyone you know, has had that surgery, I would be grateful if you would let me know if it helped to reduce their pain. I had a positive response from a hardware block, but don't know if that is a placebo effect or a true indicator. I would greatly appreciate any input, positive or negative. Many thanks,
Stephanie Lane


  • I had my L4/L5 rods and screws removed. It made a world of difference in my pain. The recovery was easy compared to getting them put in. I was only off work for 3 weeks and could have went back sooner but didn't. If you do it make sure you have ice packs because your back will swell painfully.
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