Ouch Roy, sorry to hear that.
I got a large chipper back to work today and the owner mentioned it was good to see a small bandage on my wrist instead of the large one. Very minor compared to what you"re looking at.
For years I abused my back and it caught up with me a long time ago. I resumed almost everything I once did due to a book a client gave me. When they have a cure I"ll get doc care. In the mean time, I learned to live with it.
Hope you have your personal finances in order. Great peace of mind to know things will work out, whatever.