I am scheduled to have a discectomy and artificial disc replacement on July 10. It is for my C5/C6. I have spinal cord compression with alot of nerve pain down my left arm. My thumb and part of my hand is completely numb with pins and needles. I have what I call travelling pain, sometimes it is my elbow, sometimes my shoulder, sometimes my wrist and hand. Anyway, is anyone familiar with this surgery? What should I expect after I wake up? Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated as I am quite nervous.