I saw my surgeon last Thursday. After he had reviewed my films he put me in a soft collar and scheduled immediate surgery for the 9th. He said that my spinal cord was impinged at all 3 levels but that at 1 level it was compressed so badly that it was nearly flat. He said that surgery had to be done right away and put me in the collar to protect my neck from sudden movements.
They will go in through the front, clean out the bone spurs and calcium build up and widen my congenitally narrow spinal canal. Then remove the discs and do a caged fusion. He said it would likely mean 3 days in the hospital followed by 1 to 2 weeks at the Sheppard Spinal Clinic because of my previous spinal history, for physical therapy. He said I'd spend those 2 weeks in a "semi-hard" collar followed by another 4 weeks in a soft collar.
I dread the whole thing but it has to be done.