I had a disc replacement (ProDisc) put in my neck (C6-7) 5 days ago. So far, it's awesome. I was walking a couple hours out of surgery and went home the next day. Not much pain, just stiff. They went in from the front of my neck w/about a 2 inch incision. It'll be in the folds of my neck and probably not too noticeable after a year or so. I'm a 49 yr old female and have had the pain since a car accident in '95. I've been thru every kind of treatment you can think of except surgery. A few years ago the disc was herniated and since then it degenerated entirely. My doc was Jens Chapman at Univ. of Washington Hosp in Seattle. He's the chief of spinal surgery there - awesome doc! This procedure was just FDA approved in Oct. '07 so the most difficult part was getting this approved by my insurance company. It was a 2 1/2 yr process but with the persistance of my doc sending appeal letters, they finally gave in and approved it. I'm glad I didn't give up and get the fusion instead. I too, have heard horror stories about fusions and since I'm pretty active with bike-riding, snow-shoeing, hiking, etc. I really wanted the mobility if possible. I'm off pain meds today and feel like I could do just about anything but am supposed to take it a little easy for a few more days. One good thing is I don't have to wear a collar except riding in the car. In fact, my doc told me not to wear it because he wanted me moving. I know with a fusion you have to wear a really uncomfortable hard collar for a while and then a soft one for up to 6 weeks - yuk! I'll let you know how my recovery progresses. Good luck to all!