From what I hear, there doesn't seem to be an overwhelming approval for this procedure. I am only an engineer and don't speak with authority however. I had xrays done that show arthritis and collapsed spine. I have the same problem and am/was also very active and I have resolved to not have the surgery, at least at this point. I have purchased an invert table with heat and message and it seems to be the most effective relief so far. I did a month and a half of Physical Therapy, was on Gapabend, (sp) exercising and massage and none of them gave me much relief. Outlook seems bleak for this malady and have almost accepted the fact I may have to deal with this pain the rest of my life.