What a great way to spend Christmas vacation. Which surgeon is going to do the surgery? Someone from Mayo? This is about the first sensible thing I've heard, makes a great deal of sense to me. Also, while he's in there, he may see something else that is amiss that isn't showing up on MR imaging. That's what happened in my case, and it was the cause of all my nerve pain.
I am really excited about this possibility for you and hope that it is providing a ray of hope for you, too!!
I haven't had a simple revision done, so can't comment, but the 2nd surgery is easier all the way around. My third surgery, 2nd fusion, was a much bigger surgery than the first fusion, much more complex, more levels, etc. and it was so much easier. I was off all pain medications by day 12. I felt so good that my husband had a hard time keeping me in the house. I kept wanting to go out for lunch.
People who have had their hardware removed or fixed have reported that recovery was much easier, and the procedure in general was much easier and less painful.
I think this just may be the answer to your prayers!!