I had sedation with spinal and never heard or knew a thing about it all. I told the anaesthetist I didn't want to be awake and he reassured me most patients couldn't tell that they hadn't had a GA other than a better recovery. It was so nice waking up without the grogginess (is that a word?) and nausea of a GA. I'd have the photo taken. You don't need to look at it, but it might provide you with ammunition if you need it. Good luck next week. I hope it all goes smoothly and you get some relief. Maybe a smaller implant will take pressure off a nerve? Don't know if that's how it might work, but will keep fingers crossed for you. We're here for support when you need it. No-one understands quite what it's like until they've shared the experience.