Sometimes there isn't much they can do with degenerative changes. You may have benefited from the proper stretching techniques early on and still may. Don't throw in the towel yet. Just remember when you go to the surgeon......they like to cut that's what they do. So seek a second opinion if you don't like what he's telling you or even if you do like what he's telling you. Ask about alternatives to surgery and don't let him downplay the advantages to them. Like with the Wegs you are your own best advocate. Be informed. Best of luck to you.