I had my surgery 6/14/13 and the hardware continues to cause pain. I am scheduled to have the hardware removed with a knee replacement in October 2014. The OS did not think it will be a problem. The OS is so popular I can’t get in until October so I am confident this will the final fix to a very bad year and a half. He does the surgery through the side of the knee and cuts no muscle. Your posts are encouraging. I Will let you all know the outcome, but it is a long way off.