I had two fusions of c6/c7. First one Posterior then a year later anterior fusion because the first didn't fuse. The upper back and neck give me constant pain. Also, where the skin from my posterior fusion was stapled, the scar stretched and is now about an inch wide where one of my vertebrea sort of show a big lump in the middle of the scar. Like there is no muscle covering it just scar tissue. Anyway, this is where the pain is most. I had a CT done last week and it looks like the fusion has taken. Doctor said one option may be to remove the hardware. Im curious is this removal will fix this lump in my back and let the muscles heal over the spine like normal again. Also, how much recovery time will this take. And do I get to keep the titanium hardware?