Had my first appointment with the surgeon yesterday and let me just say that you know your day is not going to go well when your orthopedic surgeon is looking at the image of your cervical MRI and says "Oh, this is bad."
Apparently my C6-C7 disc is grossly herniated, and my spinal cord is "compromised" and narrowed. He has suggested surgery (of course), however, he has given me 2 choices: ACDF or ADR. So far, with what I have seen about fusion with plates and screws, and the fact that I also have osteoarthritis C-5, I'm leaning towards ADR. If you have thoughts for and/or against, I would appreciate hearing what you have to say, please.
I did call this morning to give my decision for the ADR and they will start the process tomorrow of preapproval with my insurance company. I was told that I would know in a couple of days when my surgery will be scheduled.
Please feel free to comment about your own experiences with ADR Cervical. I am trying to find out everything I possible can. Knowledge of the procedure will make me a little less nervous and less scared to go under the knife.
Thanks for your interest.