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.
(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.)