I have been recommended by 2 neurosurgeons to get a 1-level ACDF due to severe spinal stenosis from a disc herniation pushing on my spinal cord. The pain is currently minimal, with some minor weakness in my hands and feet. I am a relatively healthy person in my late 30's and was hoping that my herniated disc would just heal naturally. The neurosurgeon told me a disc with this much herniation will never heal; at best the herniated disc material will resorb back into the body, the disc will eventually dry out, and I will have further problems later. I still can't digest going though with this surgery when I currently feel only minimal pain and only a little bit of weakness.
Has anyone gone though a similar situation? What did you end up doing? Do you feel it was the right decision, and why?
For someone terrified of going under the knife, I would appreciate any thoughts on this.