I am wondering if there is any data on how many people who have fusions end up having their hardware removed? The thought had never crossed my mind until I saw that many folks here have their hardware taken out. Also, it has been so bitterly cold here that I can actually feel those rods in my back when I go outside for a walk. A most unpleasant feeling. Does anyone know how often we get a screw loose
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I'm thinking of retiring within the next year, which will mean hunting for and paying for my own insurance, so I need to know how likely it will be that I'll need this hardware out.
3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.