I think it is the right decision for me too. I have just done a day’s teaching for the first time in almost 8 months. Despite sitting down when I could, my leg hurts and is sore. I cannot walk properly which is putting more pressure on other areas and I am so slow. I have had a great day but I need the hardware out Asap. Just got to wait now. My original surgery was July 25th 2014 so I take heart from your post. Thank you for the encouragement. I wish you well on the final leg- no pun intended of course!