Artificial disc replacement surgery recommended vs fusion
Apparently I have severe DDD and started getting numbness and significant pain in my shoulders, biceps and around collar bone and pain down arm to hand. Also had nerve pain and tingling along left side/collar bone. I actually went to an ortho for shoulder pain and he said it's my neck. When I looked at the MRI I was just shocked because it looked like the cord was completely compressed at 3/4 and 5/6, not to talk about the foraminal stenosis as well. Diameter of the thecal sac was only 9mm. The rest of the cervical vertebrae all have moderate issue. The surgeon initially recommended fusion but when I asked about fusion causing secondary DDD, he said now he's thinking about just replacing the discs. I forgot what this is called, but I'd previously read about it. It allows way more mobility post surgery and I was exciting he's thinking about that. Has anyone else had artificial disc replacement surgery that could provide some insight?