Has anyone had fusion hardware removed? Hubby has a screw out of place and a rod unattached. We are not sure if this is causing his increasing pain and inability to stand for a few minutes or to walk (like from the house to the mailbox). His fusion was in 2007–L4-L5. He has had a failed spinal stimulator (broken leads and migrating generator) and has tried many things for pain–prolotherapy, laser, shock wave. Nothing helps. Is currently trying acupuncture. We are curious about removal of hardware with subsequernt improvement in pain.