First, I am sorry to hear that you are in so much pain.
But, will it help? Surgery is something that should be used as a last resort.
And, I hope you do some soul searching...we are all different.
I can only say this. In the past, I had three bilateral arthroscopies. And, none of them helped. But, again...understand, we are all different.
The surgery, itself, is not a bad one (But, I've had more intense TMJ surgeries since the arthroscopies). Basically, you are under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes two or more tiny pin hole type incisions in front of your ear (where your TMJ is locate). The are almost like microscopes. But, one also helps break up any adhesions and assists with placing the disc back on the condyle. The recovery isn't bad. But, it really depends if you have had any previous surgeries. My first arthroscopy was when I was 13. I didn't know what to expect. I was in the hospital overnight. I was tired and in pain. It really wasn't too bad (though the arthroscopies didn't work for me
The only advice I could give is to research this surgery, for yourself, and make your own decision. I would also think about getting a second opinion. This never hurts. It's better to have too much info than not enough. In this area, knowledge is truly power.
What 'non' invasive treatments have you tried? I know, from your post, they must not have worked, but just asking
Though your pain is severe, if more and more surgeries are required, a risk of the condition worsening is possible. The more work done on this joint (or any joint) osteoarthritis will set in and possibly rheumatoid arthritis. I am not trying to scare you and I hope you are not. I just want for you to make an informed decision.
(Because of an injury, I now have two bilateral total joint replacements.....today is the 2 year anniversary. And, I have been told I will be in severe 24/7 pain the rest of my life. I am 33 (today). Now, doctors are telling me they don't want to treat me because of the complexity of my case)
Whatever you decide, please take care.
I know I probably didn't help you much. But, I do hope you feel better,