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Should I go and have corrective surgery ?

I started getting back pain around the age of 26. I lasted until 33 before going for 2 level artificial disc lumbar surgery in 2009.

Instant failure.

I have not been able to sit down since.

When I woke from op I had instant sciatica round the back of both knees. Today I can hardly walk.

I have been on pain meds now for 20 years including Lyrica. They just don’t work now.

I have been offered surgery to remove the disc at L5/S1 and replace with cage. This is for sure the source of of most of my pain. The surgeon is very experienced but has given me a 50/50 chance of improvement due to how long I have been in pain.

I am very wary of Surgeons as the man who performed the op abandoned me straight after despite promising to keep in touch. He was a cowboy for sure.

Any advice would be much appreciated.
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