And he said what I expected, although I still left in kind of a daze. He basically said that my back is in a state of steady deterioration and that it's pretty much as good a time as any to operate. He found some neuro loss in my left leg, which probably explains why I broke my right foot.
But I was particularly surprised to hear him say that he thinks there is an 80-90% chance that I will be back to "normal," whatever that is, within 8-9 months of surgery. I didn't even slightly hope for that. I am trying not to see that as a 10-20% chance of a life like this. It's more than I thought I had before.
Anyway, the surgery is 360 degrees, pretty involved. No idea what it's called. He'll remove the entire L2 disk and then do something in that area. I have to have an MRI and cat scan and ask more questions.