Lynn, I am so happy that Blondie is doing so well, actually better than expected! And that is the hard part of deciding whether or not to do surgery. I just think you have to trust your gut. Anne and I felt that for Ella and Riley surgery was the right choice. Lynn, you mentioned that you didn't have a good feeling about the surgery and opted out. No right or wrong choices, just individual choices. As it turns out, surgery was the right choice for Riley and medical management was the right choice for Blondie. All you can do is make sure you have gathered the most information you can so that you can make an informed decision, and then make the leap and know that whatever you decide to do you are doing with your dog's best welfare in mind.