Glad you did the smart thing and got it fixed finally.
I'm not exactly in the same boat, but something similar.. I tore up both of my knees (menisci, the muscle that holds the knee cap on, and the crucial ligaments) and I still went out to play paintball. They wanted to operate but I'm kinda scared since I hear horror stories of what happens when they eff up.
Needless to say, even we we are feeling like **** and have limbs pretty much crippled, we'll still go out and play for better... or for worse.