I am new here and hoping I can get opinions and advice from those who have been through it.
I am a healthy and active 45 yr old male in the Boston area. I have a cervical disc herniation (C6-C7) impinging on nerve in my left arm. This caused terrible pain for several weeks. I am relatively pain free after cervical epidural cortisone shot (2 weeks ago), but now I have significant weekness in my left triceps and continuing numbness in my left thumb and index finger.
I have seen 2 spine doctors both recommend surgery if I want a chance to regain strength in my triceps. (I like to work out so this is important to me) One Dr recommends Posterior cervical microdiscectomy (PCM). The other says ACDF. I am opting for PCM this week as it does not require fusion. This Dr says he can successfully remove the herniation this way and I should avoid fusion as I am “young” his word.
I know PCM surgical pain is greater, but long-term, I am hoping I will be better off without fusion. Also ACDF dr doesn't want to do surgery for another mth. Am I making the right decision chosing PCM over ACDF?