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HARDWARE REMOVAL 15 YRS. POST-OP.?
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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