Spinal surgeon Dr. David Hanscom:
Surgery is only one tool that can solve a specific structural problem. It is rarely ‘the definitive solution.’ Don’t let anyone place a knife in your back until you understand chronic pain. And most important take back control of your own care.
Excellent back surgery advice from a highly credible source. I’ll definitely be buying his book, and no doubt citing it as well. See “If I Were Your Spine Surgeon ….”
(And what you mainly need to know about chronic pain is that it’s weird. See Pain is Weird: Pain science reveals a volatile, misleading sensation that is often more than just a symptom, and sometimes worse than whatever started it.)