Oops forgot the question about
the arthroscopic surgery!
I had both knee's doen via the scope and they left little tiny scars that faded to almost nothing a few years out. I was done and headed home about 2 hours post-op so that worked well for me as I had several kids at home and didnt have anywhere for them to stay if I was going to have to be hospitalized for any amount of time.
The 1st time I did have alot of post op pain on days 2 and days 3 and even had to go to ER to get ahead of the game,one of the drawbacks of not staying in the hospital is also not getting scheduled injections of pain meds or a pain pump and having to rely on meds by digestive means taking longer to get to work.
This pain could have been my bad as I also was injected with large amount of lidocaine in the knee prior to closing the entrance and for more then 24 hours did not feel the knee at all and so I probably did alot more moving of it then should have if I was protecting it due to pain I could feel on movement right? So when the caine wore off I was left in horrific pain,also had not been taking meds due to not feeling the pain and once it gets ahead of you its hard to get control of it.
The 2nd time around I was smarter and was up on the knee without assist of crutches or cane on day 3,not reccomended by the way and totally against Doc posts op orders,but hey that's me! I had total pain control without intervention by way of ER and was started in PT on day 6 and did very well. I had several knee scopes over the years and one total knee replacement which was done via the open way and give me the scope anyday!
I had a total of 4 stitches once and a few staples with the other times versus an entire set of 27 the invasive route.
As for spinal arthroscopy I cant shed any light here as I dont know anyone that has used it nor have I but know alot of folks who have had shoulders,knees and hips done this way and all have had no complaints with it.
Keep us informed as I am interested in hearing which way you decide to go.
I like the others are amazed at your computer lit,most folks aging are terrified of the things and at 50 I seriously had my doubts when I first got one that I would ever be able to do more then turn it on and look at me now! I dont know when to shut up and turn it off! LOl