I would like to start a civil discussion on whether back pain alone is reason enough to have surgery.
Do you think that surgery should only be considered in situations where there is risk of damage to tissues (nerves, etc), risk of permanent numbness, or spinal instability?
Or do you think that intractable pain, that doesn't respond to conservative therapies, warrants surgery?
I'm not looking for yes or no answers, but a discussion of your opinions and explanations if possible on why you feel the way you do.
Please let's keep the discussions civil, respect the opinions of others.