I had a car accident in Oct. 2008, and MRI I had in Nov. revealed disc herniation in the C5 -6 area. I have occasional neck pain when I work long hours but haven’t experienced other more severe symptoms (numbness in arms, no sensation on finger tips, etc) yet.
I have seen three neuro surgeons so far. I am especially confused with the recommendation of the 2 nd doctor: anterior discectomy and fusion. According to him, even if my pain is manageable now, it may get worse down the road, and the herniation may cause damage to the surrounding nerves, which can be hard to repair.
I want to avoid surgery as much as possible, but his comments make me think for two reasons:
1.I am planning to return to school full-time next spring and won’t have the generous health insurance that I currently have.
2.Car insurance company will cover the medical cost only up to two years after the accident.
As you can see, my dilemma comes mostly from the economic reasons. I have been debating though if the surgery is worth the risk.
Has anyone had neck surgery to be proactive?
I’d appreciate if someone can offer me advice on this matter.
Thank you for reading.