I am a little over 1 yr post op L4-S1 fusion 2 rods and 6 screws surgery was done through my back. No more pain shooting through buttock and down leg, strength has returned to leg. But,I am still having significant pain issues (can not tolerate sitting over 2 hrs at a time, R foot still goes numb,and now have significant pain in back (that I did not have pre-surgery). My NS is suggesting removing hardware. He stated it would involve the lifting of all the muscles again and "A bit" of recup time. Has anyone had this and does this releave the pain and numbness issues? This was my 3rd surgery, prior was S1-L5 disc, and L5-L4 lamin.