I'm 21 years old and I'm entering my senior year in college. I was hit my a texting driver my senior year of high school and I've been suffering from pain ever since. I have tried acupuncture, physical therapy, massage, cupping, facet injections, spinal nerve blocks, and cortisone injections....nothing has worked. I have been to 5 neurosurgeons around the U.S. and have been given many different opinions from two level disc fusion to one level disc replacement. I finally found two surgeons that agreed. Two weeks ago I visited Dr. EDIT in Charlotte, NC at Carolina Neurosurgery. He is an amazing neurosurgeon. He spent 40 minutes discussing the risks of surgery and basically made me convince him that I was prepared to have surgery and without it I could not live a normal life. Dr.EDIT has agreed to do a one level disc replacement at level C4-5. I was accepted as #3 of 20 in the new M6 artificial disc replacement clinical study. I am very excited but also extremely nervous for surgery. My surgery is scheduled for July 18th. Any advice?
Post edited to remove name of specific medical professional. by Liz The Spine-Health Moderator Team