Hello everybody this is my first post so please bare with me as this is my first surgery I will be having a posterior approch spinal decompression. I was diagnosed in December of last yyear DDD at all levels of my cervical spine and Spinal Stenosis from C-4 to C-7 and my neurosurgen told me a Anterior approch would be better but I am also a diabetic and do not heal heal very well so I am concerned about doing that procedure. I have pain in the left side of my neck with no pain management allowable in the the state of Missouri because here it is a hassle I was told to do pain managment. I have heard pros and cons to both approches and need some help from you veterens on this site to help me out I do smoke and would have to quit for the anterior approch which I have not been able to do because of pain and stressing out over my business. So all advise will be taken and a big Thank you to all who do. James.