Before my surgery I spent hours looking for foot reconstruction and arthritis success stories but could not find one. Just today I completed writing my own and have made it available online: http://www.becomeknown.ca/BeyondBunionSurgery.html
I used to run, and was told to forget it, that I'd never run again. Yesterday I ran 5k for the first time since surgery this January 30th. Your beliefs do play a paramount part, and not believing other's limiting beliefs (even your surgeon's!) is as important.
Things have changed, technology and surgical skills are better, but there are also many things to consider. My story illustrates and lists them.
Do your research, listen to what is fact and separate it from belief. Science does not know everything, while they can do a lot.
All the best,