Well, I met with my original NS yesterday and he is the one I am going with. He is SO nice and so thoughtful and even though he's just completed his residency, he has a lot of experience. I talked with one of his patients in the waiting room yesterday who had her neck collar on. She said she was VERY happy with him.
Now, According to my MRI I do have small protrusions/herniations in all my above disks - but they are not bad enough for fusions at this time. As for the future, he says "let nature take its course" on how they'll react to the fusion at C6/C7.
He said he will do a one level fusion with titanium plate and screws. Clean up any arthritis and bone spurs, etc. I will have incision in front and a Vista hard collar for 6 weeks.
He says I can drive with the collar when I'm comfortable, but not far. Off work for about 4 weeks but longer if I need to. He says I have no "reserve" in there if I were to get hit by a car or fall, I would probably be paralyzed.
Anyhow, I'll find out more info this week as I have to go back for more details/paperwork and labs. Then I have to make an appt. with my regular doc for preop.
My Mom was with me and is so glad (and me too) that I am FINALLY getting this taken care of.
So everyone who has had a one level fusion - can you give me some info on your recovery was like please? Or any other good info (well, and bad too LOL). THANKS everyone!