My problem stems from possible bad posture, driving for a living (25yrs) and a potential genetic fault, add all these factors together and that's the likely reason for the number of ops. I think the general concensus is that most people would stop after one, my surgeon was very surprised when I got to three even! I think if you have tried other options, physio, osteopath, tablets etc, and your quality of life is still an issue, then the op remains a very viable option, not without risk, but generally resulting in a positive outcome. Revision of these ops does happen, but I think the percentage of that remains very low, so try not to see it as the slippery slope to more! I hope that helps? Any more info, please let me know.
PS Just did Chester half in 1.40, and have done several other races, Langdale, Conwy, Haweswater etc etc
After my first ops, the neurosurgeon said it's better to stay fit, as long as you're sensible, and if running suits you, then do it. After my last op, a new neurosurgeon has asked me to lay off for six weeks, but has never precluded running. So, I'm aiming to get back end of May if possible, with a slow build up over a month or so. He suggested flat surfaces so my weaker foot can cope, so as not to twist it.
Remain optimistic and I wish you luck. Keep us posted, it means a lot when we can't do what we like, but there's always hope.
Good luck Stephen, had my op a month or so ago now, still getting twinges, and have a weaker foot, but am hopeful that will improve. As I said, this was my fifth, but I have always bounced back it were, and I don't think the running caused it or even exacerbated it, just lifting stuff I think.
Keep us posted as to you're progress, go in to the op with optimism to return to what you like doing, and all the very best to you.
Golly, just stumbled across this thread, fills me with some hope. Looking at micro op number 5 this year, need to get back to running. Have ran well for a good couple of years prior to this episode eg 8 HM last year . 49 and not willing to admit defeat!!!