I saw my neurosurgeon on Friday and scheduled my surgery for June 1st. I did take a list of questions that I wanted answers for and he answered them all. The question about the amount of pain I would in he said that he couldn't answer due to each persons pain treshold. I wanted to see the rods that he would be using but he told me that they were about as large in diamenter as a refill in a ink pen. He will be using the bone he takes out of my neck and grinding it to use for the fusion. My problem is from C3 thru C6. He said that he would probaly have to fuse C2 thru T1 for stabilaty. Not exacatly looking forward to this but also not wanting to become paralized from the neck down either. He also said as long as the bone fusions took I should be okay. I told him that I was not in any pain and he reminded me that this would continue to get worse and not better on its on. The earlier that I had the surgery the sooner that the detorieration would be under control. And the sooner I could return to a somewhat normal life. He said that if I did not water ski or snow ski now not to think about taking it up later.