My mother had to go to hospital last evening as she could not use her left leg at all. She had been having problems with her sciatica. Turns out at some point she fractured her back at L3/4. She does have osteoporosis. She has compression on a nerve that is causing this not being able to use her leg. They are talking wanting to do surgery and she is very Leary of undergoing it. Since she has 3 knee replacements (yes I said 3). One was a a failed attempt in the left side but also a day after they did it when transferring her to the bed the nurse dropped her in trying to get her into bed (long story). The second one had to be done because she had one of the faulty recalled knee parts. Then she had her right knee done. She never liked doctors/hospitals, etc. to begin with and that whole experience left lasting bad terror in her, not to mention the ongoing battles she has had with her old regular doctor and psychiatrists (dropping her off pain medications cold turkey and psychiatric medications the same). I can't tell you how bad it's been really, just what I have. I've had to intervene states away to help her it's been so bad with NAMI's help for the psychiatric end. So you can see why she would be so hesitant even more so then ever and especially with the back knowing that it's just a dangerous place to go messing around with. My question to any of you is what is any of your experiences with this? Is this something anyone has had done or know someone who has had done (releasing pressure of nerve in spine)? What was the procedure like, the recovery like, etc? Anything she should know (heads up) going into this if she does it? If she doesn't do it what are the reprecussions? She is VERY stubborn and at this point unless someone gives her very compelling evidence towards getting it done, she may very well NOT get it done and just deal with her leg the way it is which is not a good thing. Thanks for any thoughts, advise, etc.