Hi all,

I'm coming up on 2-years postop in March. I am doing well, generally.

However, I still have trouble tolerating the iliac screw on my left side, especially when I exercise.

What does removal entail? Is it a big operation? Are you in the hospital long? Do they remove both, or just the one bothering you?

Also, if you get these anchors removed, do you have a higher risk of fracturing the SI joint later? (Assuming my spine is fused.)

Just not sure it is worth the risks/recovery, but at the same time I would like to be able to exercise without pain.