C6-C7: There is broad-based central, bilateral paracentral and bilateral lateral disc protrusion, right greater than left measuring 3 mm centrally and bilateral paracentrally and a 4 mm laterally into the right neural foramen. This mildly effaces the anterior thecal sac and touches but does not deform the cervical cord. Mild focal spinal stenosis is present with severe right sided neural foraminal stenosis and mild left-sided neural foraminal stenosis secondary to the disc protrusion.
I met with the Neurosurgeon a few days ago and he said one month of physical therapy then surgery whenever I am ready. Apparently thanks to Insurance I have to "go through the motions" before they'll approve the surgery but he's convinced the therapy will not help alleviate the symptoms.
I am a healthy woman in my mid 30's with two small children. Any insight as to if my condition *does* definitely point to surgery would be much appreciated. Oh, he did say it would be a disc replacement through the front of my neck.
ACDF C6/C7 on 05/20/15
...and it was the best decision of my life :-)