Hi Fashion Girl,
I can sure understand why you're frustrated...you doctor sounds like a nice guy who doesn't know how to admit he's done all he can. Maybe it's time you do seek a second opinion as your original doctor seems to have run out of ideas.
The last thing you need is more surgery for something that "may or may not" help...it's like grasping for straws...maybe you'll hit the jackpot this time, but more than likely not. Since you've already had 4 surgeries, you're only doing more damage (in my opinion) if you let your original surgeon operate again.
See what your new doctor has to say. If he suggests surgery as well, ask him point blank why he thinks a new surgery will work when the other 4 operations haven't. If he gives you an answer that makes sense and that you can live with, then go for it. If you have any doubts though....I'd say hold off for as long as possible. Do you currently use a knee brace, and if not, would it help?
I'm sorry for all your frustrations. I hope that you're able to get the answers you need asap to make an informed decision for your future medical requirements.
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain (with permanent muscle damage), Femoroacetabular Impingement (CAM and Pincer), Reynauds, IBS, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (both Surgical Menopause and medication related), plus physically unable to vomit due to the Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins with a lot of scar tissue...a joy when it comes to having to give blood or get an IV started
Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT
Medications: Oxycontin, Cesamet, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril and Clonidine plus Laxaday, Vitamin D and a Multi-Vitamin daily