Will have surgery on Jan. 22, 2010. C4-7 with three plastic cages and titanium plate and eight screws. Will not wear a collar of any kind as my NS believes this just "babies" the neck and prolongs recovery time. Anticipating off-work three to four weeks, (I am a 9-1-1 dispatcher, just sitting for ten hour shift.) Will have some PT during this period. I have a highly reccommend NS and believe the surgery and recovery will be uneventful and with minimal discomfort. I know the surgery will decrease the likelyhood of permanent spinal cord damage in the event of a traumatic injury; and I hope it will alleviate my symptoms from the spinal nerve impingement and cord compression. Gotta keep on keeping on!!