I have spoke to 2 surgeons about my herniation at C5-C6 . Both are ranked as "top docs" in my area. They have both recommended that if conservative treatment does not work, the best course of action for me is ADR which is a more modern procedure and does not pose the risk of damaging other "healthy" discs down the road (which is the case with ACDF). I have also read the article on this site comparing the 2 procedures. Frankly I am surprised how a procedure from the 1970s is still around today when it limits mobility and could cause faster deterioration of healthy discs. However reading the forums here, I get these sense that the vast numbers are doing ACDF even today? Pardon my ignorance but is the main reason for still going with the ACDF over ADR the fact that it's been around longer and has more success stories? Also is it cheaper and easier to get approved thru insurance vs ADR? Both my docs were pushing me towards something called a mobi-C saying that ACDF is just not suited for my active lifestyle - I am 39 and before my herniation, I was working out 5 -6 times a week - weights, swimming and running. Now I can barely work out at all w/o significant pain - just doing dishes or driving to work is a chore. Would love to hear your thoughts.