Well, I am heading in at 5:30 a.m. EST tomorrow, March 3rd, for a 5 level cervical fusion. C3-T1. Three years ago I had a three lever lumbar fusion, which I did very well with. This one though, scares me a lot more. The though of him moving my esophogus and voice box is very unsettling! I have seen both good and bad experiences on here with this. I had a swallow study last week, and they said I already have a lot of trouble with swallowing, mainly because of the degenerative disc disease progression. I am not sure how this is going to turn out. If it gets rid of 50% of the pain and the damned irritating numbness and tingling in my arms and fingers I will be a happy camper. It is very irritating. I have the same neuro for this as I had with my TLIF. I have the utmost confidence in him. He is actually the neuro for an NFL Team, so that is a big plus. Will keep my friends on here posted. Hopefully this recovery will go well. I am just very concerned about the swallowing from the swelling and the hoarseness of my voice they said will happen.