Hey Jimmy ~
Just spotted your post. Excellent news. Thanks so much for letting us all know. People often wonder how a hardware removal procedure compares to the fusion surgery. You can come back in a few weeks and give us details.
I'm going to scold you in place of your wife.
Do NOT take any chances with the healing of this procedure. Take it just as easy as you did the with the fusion -- no bending, twisting, reaching, pulling, pushing, lifting, etc. until you are healed!! It will be a great gift if this surgery "fixes" your issues...so do everything in your power to make it a success!
In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday.