My apoligies up front if i am using this incorrectly (1st time user). I am 32yrs old,and currently serving in the Navy and have been for the last 12yrs. After getting some bad news and failed physical theraphy attemps, it looks like surgery is the only option. The doctor that wants to preform the surgery is a Naval spine surgeon, but i must admit Navy doctors scare me at times. He is talking about going in through the front of my neck, replacing the Disc with a bone graft and using a plate and screw to hold it in place. I take it this would be some type of fusion? Forgot to mention that my C-5 is herniated and pressing on my spinal cord. The pain has been driving me crazy for yrs because they had misdiagnosed me several times due to shoulder pains.I guess what i'm asking if i decide to have this surgery what could i expect? Would there be a for sure loss in neck movement/range motion? Is there ever the possibility that i could return to weight training, hell or just be normal again, I know everyone recovers different. Any information or experiences you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Date with the doctor is 17May2010.