Cervical disc replacement after previous fusion?
I had C5/C6 fused seven years ago and am very close to needing a second surgery for the adjacent level. C6/C7 started to be symptomatic about 5 years after the first surgery; I've had four epidurals, physical therapy and massage, but the disc is now winning . My surgeon says my only surgical option is another fusion, but I am afraid of loss of range of motion and additional stress on the adjacent discs (c4/c5 is also bulging and causing some symptoms, but has been stable for two years).
Is disc replacement really not an option for me? If not, do you know the reason? I I am 41 and in otherwise good shape.
Thanks in advance.