I'm not sure if this would be helpful to some (and I would love to hear from others further along or already recovered from this surgery!!), but about a week and a half ago I underwent surgery to remove hardware that I think has been causing me nerve pain for the past three years.
My original spinal fusion was for scoliosis ( T10-L4) and I was in great shape before the surgery and was confident going in. But three years later I still had significant nerve pain on the lower right side of my back and nothing I tried helped (included a ton of PT, injections, etc). PT was great, but I always reached a plateau where it felt like I couldn't do more without aggravating the nerve. It was localized and always felt like it was catching on something.
So I also think a lot of secondary issues resulted from the nerve problem, too, like snapping hip and illiopsoas problems. Anyways long story, thanks for sticking with me.
My point was to document my recovery from my latest surgery. My surgeon went in and took out two screws, a hook and a crossbar and he also scraped the spine to promote growth in an area that looked a bit thin. This surgery has been much easier than the original, but it is still very invasive, so I'm on strong meds that I'm gradually weaning off of. I have a lot of (the same) pain in the nerve tissue area, but it also is where the hardwars was removed so I imagine tissues were irritated in the process.
So that's it for now! Again, if anyone else wants to jump in with their story (or questions I can do my best to answer) I"d love to hear from them!