Hey Gang! I had my 360 fusion at L4/L5 in Nov 07 and felt pretty good until about 5 weeks ago when I felt a funny twinge while getting a watermelon out of the fridge. I started back to PT after a month off and have been going twice a week for a month. The pain down my leg has increased and I'm even having some radiating pain down my other leg and on the top of both feet and toes. But more annoying is the pain in my back that feels all too familiar. It really hinders my life again and the couch is my favorite place to be....again. I put off surgery before so long before that I now have permanent nerve damage at the right sciatic. I don't want to wait too long again, so I'm seeing my surgeon Tuesday.
I've been reading about your experiences with hardware removal and my surgeon mentioned at the last visit 4 weeks ago that it may be a consideration since I'm fully fused. But I've read about spinal collapse after implant removal and don't want to take this step too lightly. I know there are a few of you who had yours taken out at about 7 months....Erin, I think....So I thought I'd ask y'all (all of you "Removals" how do you feel now? Would you do it again if you knew what to expect? Are there other things you'd consider instead? And what on earth is the procedure like when it's a 360. Will they have to go through front and back again? And most importantly did it help? I know there are a few of y'all who have your stories posted but I'm having a heck of a time finding them so I'm hoping this will cut to the chase.