In April of 97', I had a 360 fusion with bone plugs, graft, hardware. I never got better, just got way worse. Taking alot of narcotics that frankly don't work anymore. I have 4 epidurals annually, that help.
Screws at L34 look good, 2/3rds into vertabrae. Screws at L45 look the same. Screws @ S1extend beyond the anterior cortex or the S1 vertebral body and are next to the expected location of the sacral plexus. They are out approx. 2 mm. I was told this is "one way" to do this procedure. I can't imagine that their are different ways to do a surgery this complex.
I am in misery 24/7. I am not over weight, I take good care of myself. I know where the "pain generator" starts, and I believe the tips of the scres at S1 are a problem.
Question: 15 years post of should I have the hardware removed?
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