Just had my follow-up with my doctor. Had a c4-5, c6-7 discectomy. I was suppose to have fusion done as well as have my old plate taken out, but excessive bone growth made it a difficult job (5 hours). Weighing risk against benefit he left in the old plate and put in artificial discs.
I came out of surgery with immediate positive results. I got the feeling back in my hands and any numbness went with it. Shoot I did not even bleed after this. Other than a 2 day bout with severe charlie horse like cramps it has been a wonderful recovery. I cannot do any heavy lifting but I can drive and do not need to wear that anxiety inducing collar any longer.
Again it comes down to wear you have your surgery done. I drove a little further than last time and it made all the difference. Boston traffic, so be it.