well, after much thought and reviewing all the posts i have decided to go ahead and go for the surgery (in 2 weeks). The thought of being a parapalegic scares the heck out of me.
Not sure of what the following all means, have lived in 'google' for the past 2 months so any input anyone may have would be appreciated. According to my ortho, due to the stenosis, a non-surgical approach is not recommended. Still, i have plenty of fear of going in under the knife, and having someone rearrange my throat and caratoids! He wants to do a disc replacement as the outcome should be much better. Really didnt want a fusion, but things may change once he gets in there.
c3-4 intervertebral disk space exhibits a small central bulge without significant central canal or neural foraminal compromise.
c4-5 intervertebral disk space exhibits a small central bulge without significant central canal or neural foraminal compromise. Mild left facet hypertrophy.
c5-6 intervertebral disk space exhibits a moderate diffuse bulge with likely disc osteophyte complex. Associated moderate central canal narrowing 8mm. Moderate right neural foraminal narrowing with moderate to severe left neural foraminal narrowing. Mild posterior facet hypertrophy.