I have been living with herniated neck disk at the C5/6 level that is pushing again the spine and cause me nerve pinch down the C6/ finger to thumb. I have done all the conservative approaches and now a full year later I have resolved to go towards having cervical disk surgery. I am taking Arthrotec, Lyrica, and Tramadol. This is a fairly recent decision, and I am seeking second NS opinion (first wanted complete disk removal and titian plate) I have researched this next NS and feel he is the best, likely will trust his opinion. My question is what are realistic outcomes of surgery? I know I have to speak with my doctor, but I want to speak to people who have gone through surgery. Has the nerve pain improved? How long did it take to fuse? Do you still have arm/finger numbness and pain? Has the pressure/pain along the spine improved? If you have had walking gait issues has that improved with the cervical disk surgery? Does the shoulder/back pain improve? How long before you were able to start back at work- did you do pt. days? I truly appreciate any input/guidance from anyone who has gone through this. I need to know, so that I have realist expections. >:D< >:D< >:D< Big hugs in advance.