Ok for the last 4 days I have been searching onthe internet c5/c6 surgerys/fusion. Let me tell ya I am scared sh***** about this. I have read that you have a breathing tube after surgery because if swelling or it did not work or more pain than before or great 1st month then back to the same. Let me give you some background I am 49, male non smoker was told c5/c6 need to be taken care of no room for the nerve and the cause was just plain wore out. I was told way to much heavey lifting. I can live with that I was a very large bulkey from teen to around 30 I lifted weights a dabled in steroids. So after 7 docs I come to the surgen he says c5/c6 are a must then c3 is going bad. Going to ask on the 9th why all cannot be done at once. But I have questions also while reading the bone item caught my eye I am not going to have a dead person bone in me!! I thought the doc said he was using plastic for surgery maybe totally wrong for sure I will check that out. Then whats the deal with your breathing tube and what about after surgery? I have read a hard brace a sholder/neck brace or soft brace? The doc said I would have a soft brace and that I could go back to work in just over a week but NO lifting anything. I am going to have surgery this month on the 14th. Does anybody have any words of wisdom? Little tricks? What to do or not to do?