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Can you do anything about the hardware that is in my back

If the screws are properly placed in the pedicles they are not usually a problem, however, the plates or rods may lie in the way of the endoscopic approach and the fusion mass if copious may well interfere with a direct approach to the area where the surgery needs to be performed. It is often possible to either work around the implanted hardware or remove a part of it in order to access the site of the pain generator to be treated.