Okay, I guess I was wrong in my interpretation of the question - my bad! That'll teach me to butt in on a question!
Gosh, I wish that my cheilectomy had lasted as long as yours, Bob! But everyone is so individual in their symptoms, their surgery results, and with what they can tolerate. I feel like a wimp when I read "lot more painful. . . another 2-5 years before I have to do anything more. . . ." because if you told me that you could wheel me into the OR tomorrow, I would go for it! But it also inspires me that many of you are out there, toughing it out, and so I can do the same until my life circumstances and other orthopedic issues allow me to have the fusion.
So thanks again, all, for the info and camaraderie!