Has anyone ever had their fusion hardware removed (cages, screws or rods - I have all 3) as a way to alleviate chronic back pain? A member on the site mentioned that to me and thought there was a test that can be done to determine if the hardware is a problem. Does anyone know anything about this? I would think that hardware removal would require the surgeon to break the bony fusion that has developed at the surgical site - potentially leading back to instability at that segment. Am I missing something??