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Hardware.

I had my back surgery in June of last year... My doctor told me that in a year like in June or July of this year I could if I wanted too get my hardware (like my screws and rods out) in my L4/5

I just wanted too know if that's a good idea? Or if anyone else has had that taken out?

He did tell me though in like 5 maybe 10 years I will need another fusion on the disc above or below the one I had fused. I'm 21 years old I don't know if it's worth it because I'm so young and I would need another fusion in the future anyway. Plus I don't know if I would want to get another surgery...

I'm 24 years old, I have had back problems since I was 17...

June 6th 2012 (I was 20 years old) On my L4/5 I got a Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) with 4 pedicle screws, 2 rods, and 2 cages.
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  • Which isn't much.... I would leave it be. It is ANOTHER sugery. I've never really heard of people having them removed (in recent years) just for the sake of removing them. I do know that sometimes people choose to have them removed if they are believed to be a source of pain (rare). I know they will only remove them (unless some extreme reason) once you are fully fused, which you may or not be in June. I'd give it some careful thought. Good luck!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • I wouldn't imagine most insurances (in the USA anyways) would cover an elective hardware removal. I could be wrong, I'd call and find out for sure a head of time.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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