My MIL is considering back surgery to repair a disk. I don't know all the details but the physician is telling her it's a 2-day procedure where they will have a matrix on disk where it can regenerate bone and easy recovery. She is 80 and pretty good health, few medications. She has had racing heart, blood pressure in the past and mild diabetes which she tests daily for and controls with diet. She has suffered with her hip, sciatica and lower back pain for many months, trying exercise, ice packs, pain relievers but feels like surgery is her next step.
Should we be concerned? Has anyone had similar back surgery? What are considerations for someone this age and what can we expect for recovery? She wants husband and daughter to come and help and thinks it will be short recovery....further my FIL has ALZ, has had more falls lately, and requires full time supervision pretty much which my MIL has all the responsibility.
Thanks for any insights and thoughts.