Re: Had pre-op visit today.
Seems that since they'll be working on C6 again, which already has hardware, and they are going in the same way - then they may have to remove hardware.
My doc had planned a 360 lumbar fusion (thru front and back at same time) but after he thought it over opted for a posteriolateral (back but more toward side of current posterior incision).
So perhaps after looking at all the options your surgeon realized the approach he wants to take will require hardware revision? Can't hurt to ask for a clarification.
On the day of my planned L3-S1 fusion I plan to make it clear in the presence of my surgeon and my husband that I hereby give permission to do whatever it takes to fix anything they see when they open me up. Even if that means they fuse more, open me up in front too, etc.
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08