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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,