no kidding about the cost of the hardware!
I'm 3 weeks post op and just got my hospital bill, my implants were $54,650.14, that includes 2 cadaever bone discs, 6 screws with 2 rods, and 2 screws with washers for the front. Titanium must be worth a fortune! Maybe you could melt it down, sell it, and take yourself on a nice vacation after you recouperate!
Seriously, good luck with your surgery, take it easy after, you know the drill. Even though it's a "lesser", it's still major, so don't push yourself too fast after. Work can always wait another week.