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Having a lot of pain and suffering with old lumbar hardware/cage put in 2002, 8 inch rods, 6 screws etc. CAT Scan of lumbar shows allkind of problems, broad based disc bulges above and below the cage. I have put off this surgery for 3-4 yrs now. Have a good n/surgeon but at 69 yrs old am afraid of the rehab whether the fix will be worse than the disease?? I am in constant pain but at least functional. Trying to decide whether to just live with it or risk the major surgery. This will be the 4th time through the large lumbar scar. Had a staph infection post-op in 2002, took 1 yr to recover. Any advice? Anybody had old lumbar hardware removed? Advise welcome.