I am so glad I came back to the forum to share my experiences. While surgery has its dangers, I am so happy that I had the hardware removed. I too felt that the hardware was painful and was interfering with the movement of my knee. I too felt disabled. After the surgery, I felt better the next day! Yes, the surgery hurt, but it was a temporary rather than a permanent pain. The scaring over the hardware site is slowly becoming less painful and my knee is moving like MY knee. I no longer feel disabled. I walk normally, and stand to teach — just as I used to. This past week, I was able to “run” on an elliptical machine.
I felt confident I was making the right decision — I trusted God and my surgeon. Please let me know what decision you make. I wish you good healing.