I was discharged from the Navy for this problem. the doctors wanted to do this in 2007. As I keep the weight off the pain seem to be almost non existent. As I got older and it was harder for me to keep off the weight the problem got worse until I couldn't take it any longer. I was in lots of pain. Sciatica pain in my left leg, numbness down my legs and feet, and a lot of times I could not get out the bed. Simple task as grocery shopping, cooking, shopping and cleaning became a serious issue for me.
I had my surgery on 08/15/2013. I had a 2 day hospital stay. I am almost 30 days out and I feel a lot better. At my 4 week mark I am glad I had the surgery. You really need help after the surgery at least the first 3 weeks. I walked with my walker for 3 weeks. I took showers by myself after week 3. Definitely get a shower stool and the raised toilet. You cannot Bend, Lift or Twist (BLT) for awhile.
So far the 3 toughest things are sleeping, positioning and wall closing in on me. You can only watch T.V. for so long and not really feeling visitors. I am also dealing with some depression because I am not use to depending on others for help. This not working for 8 weeks is for the birds. Just glad I do have some help.
Don't listen to others when it comes to this surgery. When it boils down to it you have to know your body and what is BEST for YOU.