I haven't been on here in ages! I wanted to post, since a few people have recently contacted me.

I had Harrington rods as a child. I had them replaced when I was 30 with Moss Miami Instrumentation. I suffered a deep wound infection 2 years later. Total hardware removal was done two years after that revision. My back has stayed exactly as it was since the day I came out of my cast in 1976. My curve has not changed at all.

I did need another revision for lumbar and sacrum in 2013. I have lower hardware in now.

I did have my illiac screws removed.

I currently suffer from left leg nerve pain.

I hope this helps anyone trying to decide about rod removal.

Ps. Rod removal is easy compared to fusion surgery.