I also had the procedure done in Dallas by Dr Kenneth Reed. I can't say that my back is much worse off than before surgery, but I do now have foot drop in my left leg bad enough that I need to wear braces from my thigh down to my shoes and use forearm canes in order to walk. I knew going in that my chances of . . . as Dr Reed put it. . . . ."ending up in a wheelchair" were not out of the realm of possibilities. However, when your backpain is severe; when you don't feel you can live another day with the pain; when you are basically chained to your home because of constant pain, you will do ANYTHING. I no longer have backpain unless I physically do something really stupid to bring it on, and even then, it is short-lived.
So, for the relief from pain I say, Thank You Dr. Reed. For the inability to walk I say shame on me for not listening to the Dr. in the first place and for not thinking about how miserable I might be if I was no longer able to easily get around on my own.