I would actually get an opinion from a Board Certified Neurosurgeon. They are the most knowlegeable on the spine and cervical area. I would never enter into such a major surgery without a second opinion and knowing it was recommended by someone who truly specializes in this area. I was blessed that the Ortho who I started off with 11 years ago, after he saw my MRI, said that he was more of a "back" guy and sent me to a Neurosurgeon. His ego didn't get in the way! LOL
As I'm sure you have read on here, surgery should be mainly done to fix the mechanical issue and take the pressure of the nerves/cord. I had to have all 3 of mine within two weeks of seeing the MRI as I was losing so much feeling in my arm/hands and dropping things.
I am very thankful to not have anymore nerve pain, but after 3 (two level) fusions....with the last one being anterior and posterior....I have a lot of residual muscle and scar tissue pain.
So, I would just make sure to follow through on making an actual appt. to meet with a Neuro and have them go over your results.
Have you already tried traction, PT, injections and the like? Sorry for not remembering if you wrote this lately....
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006