Hello my friends: I have a bulge at C2, C3, severe herniation at C4-C5, C5 disc bulge, and C6-C7 bone spurs and disc herniation. Therefore, the name, OUCH. The 1st opinion (neurosurgeon) said he wants to go in anteriorly and just remove only the large herniated portion of the disc at C4-C5, nothing else. He said NO fusion is NOT recommended because all other levels will probably herniate with fusion. So he wants to just take out the part that is irritating my spinal cord and "let nature take over and heal it without fusion." The 2nd opinion orthopedist didn't know what in the world the neurosurgeon was talking about and that he totally disagreed about just leaving the disc to nature to heal itself (said it would be asking for more problems). The 2nd doc also said that the degeneration and bulging discs are so bad at multiple levels, that if I fuse only one level, I can be sure that the others are going to herniate and wear out rapidly causing more surgery later. So, he said if I am going to fuse, I need to do THREE fusions ... So, he recommended an artificial disc replacement (The new Medtronic Prestige Disc). It is approved by the FDA, but long term studies are not out..."in theory" it should help my symptoms: (Pain, right sided weakness, tingling down legs and in L arm, spasms, etc.) He wasn't promising the world, just possible decrease in symptoms plus protection of my spinal cord, which is compressed at C4-C5. I am so nervous...it seems the artificial disc is the way to go. Does anyone have opinions on artificial disc replacement (ADR)? Or, opinions on anything else? Thank you...So good to have friends out there.