I have ACDF surgery in less than 36 hours. I have been doing as much research as possible in hopes to shed comfort in the fact that allowing this procedure won't be my undoing, and won't be a huge mistake.
From what I have read, this surgery is done on young people (On the internet, apparently 40's and 50's is young).
Well what about 23? Should I really be considering this surgery if there isn't enough evidence of the long-term [30 years+] effects? Is my neurosurgeon just seeking statistics? (Canada Health Care - If it works it works, if it doesn't, oh well).
I am also studying stem cell therapy for the future, as right now I can't afford the treatments right now, as I have kids and this sudden extreme provided no time to save and prepare for such a thing.
I feel no anxiety about flesh and bone being cut up and split open, extracted, replaced, etc. My main concern, and where my anxiety derives is on the future. I want to be able to pick up my kids (as I can do now, with very short-term limitations), without the worry that after this I will end up with more problems in 5-10 years that prevents me from ever being able to actually 'feel' young.
And just a side note, I have had 9 x-rays over the last 10 years, and each doctor told me 'muscle tightening, there's no issue' or 'pulled muscle', when it took one doctor to finally notice, hey you have an extra rib. Oh, hey, you also have DDD, and herniations, and...and...and..
As an unrelated rant, I have had bad experiences with doctors who blatantly failed to do their job and i'm hoping to get a good truth to the reality of this treatment, good or bad, before I allow another doctor (who seems more focused on Call of Duty than his job) to permit further life degradation - which has affected my work-life and is beginning to affect my family.
Thanks for any answers, experiences, etc. I can't explain how much they are appreciated.