I'm debating on whether or not to have this surgery. I've already consulted with two neurosurgeons. The first one highly recommends it and thinks PT might do more damage. The second one thinks it would be fine to wait a month to see how I feel. I'm in my early 30's and currently have intermittent pins and needles in my left arm and soreness around my shoulder blade and shoulder. Here are the findings from my MRI...
1. There is straightening and significant reversal of the normal cervical lordosis consistent with torticollis.
2. There is a broad-based bulging annulus at C5-C6 with compression on the thecal sac and partial disc desiccation.
3. At the C6-C7 level there is a moderately large 3-4 mm left paracentral/posterolateral disc herniatiom with compression on the thecal sac and partial extension into the medial aspect of the left neural foramen with associates left neuroforaminak stenosis. The annular tear is clearly visualized. There is flattening of the anterior surface of the spinal cord itself, without evidence of significant direct cord compression. There is mild circumferential canal stenosis and disc desiccation.
I wish I had a more definitive answer as to if I should have this surgery or not. I'm not really in that much pain but I'm concerned about an increased risk of paralysis in the off chance that I was In a car accident or something.