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should i get the hardware out of my back after spinal fusion?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Usually not: Occasionally, spinal instrumentation may be prominent in someone very thin and may cause pain only due to direct pressure. Otherwise, unless necessary to control a postoperatve infection , it can be left ib place with no issues retaining it.
Answered on Sep 14, 2020
Dr. Paul Gause
18 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Probably not: Spinal instrumentation for fusion serves the purpose of immobilizing the spine while bone is healing. It acts like an internal cast. Once the bone heals it is no longer necessary, but requires a surgery to remove. Except in unusual circumstances, I do not recommend routine removal of the instrumentation.
Answered on Sep 14, 2020
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