H1, I'm new to this message board, but it didn't take me long to find out that it's like so many others out there (a lot of negative people and not a lot of hope for others like me).When one is in pain it is hard to be optimistic and one tends to be cynical and bitter. The fact is that many people who have had good outcomes often forget to come back and contribute to the vast amount of others who are new, and like me, have been told they need surgery. They are too busy living their(hopefully) pain free lives to spend hours daily searching the web for hope and advice. Unfortunately, that leaves newbies like me,reading all the negative posts, comments and advice from the people who have not had good outcomes for various reasons. The fact is this : no one can tell you what kind of outcome you will have. It will be different from others, everyone is unique. It is a decision you must make on your own and you must live with the consequences.