I am having a microdiscectomy at fusion at c5-6 next week. My symptoms were sudden onset after playing tennis where I had severe scapular pain going into my right arm and numbness in my index and 2nd finger. My MRI shows an osteophyte compressing C5 with a herniation at C6. I also have marked weakness in my tricep and hand. I work with my hands and was told that early surgery would have the best prognosis for return of nerve function. My concern is that I am 45 and very active in tennis and running.....will this surgery affect me adversely in the future?