I just posted this on the Arthritis group I visit and thought I'd put it here for FYI......given a choice, I would rather NOT have my body cut up by a surgeon....I prefer to do all to prevent surgery. Some on you may know I'm a big fan of Acupuncture and Prolotherapy and a horrible fan of surgery....often WISH I had not done the hip replacement. Anyway, just heard my weekly hour with the Prolo MD here in So. Cal. and his callers were very interesting to say the least. One lady called in about the 3 back surgeries she's had since 2010.....I presume all fusions....as I understand it, after a fusion, the discs above the fusions collapse and the surgeon tells the patient another surgery is needed.....this lady went thru 3 and is on Norco and Neurontin and still in a lot of pain....she, of course, regrets the surgeries and says NO MORE....she only WISHES she had never done the first one.... The Prolo MD says about 1/2 at least of his patients are those who have done the surgeries and are mostly worse off. I have a good friend who has a friend that had a back surgery shortly after I had the hip replacement in late 2010, well she just had another back surgery a couple weeks ago......she was telling my friend it was worse than she expected and she has not had a BM for over a week, major constipation from those narcotics..... I've had a lower back issue since 18 and I'm now 75 and my mindset is of the no surgery mind.....but I elected to do the hip replacement and it's been a cascade of complications and mess, that was 3+ yrs ago...... My knee is worse, foot/ankle messed up and as I see it my right side of body is about 1" shorter than my left side....right hip was replaced....I just had a new heel lift made to 1/2" for my right shoe.....I had a 1/4" but felt I needed more. I'd love to hear from those with GOOD stories on back, hip, etc. surgeries.....I hear all the bad ones. jam BTW: Prolo has been around for about 100 yrs and when the Pharma world really took off, Prolo was thrown under it all....now Prolo is returning and more surgeons (young ones especially) are leanring this work as they are experiencing all the failed/messy surgeries ones out there. I keep threating to go back to my surgeon as I have not seen him since about a year after my hip was done.....then I think, what's he gonna do, offer to open me up again.....not if I can help that.