Up to how many artificial discs?
After a severe pain incident in my lower neck (caused by neck stress), the MRI showed that ALL discs between C4 and T1 exert some sort of pressure on the spinal cord and/or the nerve roots, the two lowest discs (C6-C7 and C7-T1) being herniated. In addition, I have lost 50% strength in my left hand (mainly my wrist and all my fingers, and, somehow less, my triceps). The incident happened 2 weeks ago and I haven't recovered any part of my strength yet.
The neurosurgeon is recommending 4-level artificial disc replacement (C4-C5, C5-C6, C6-C7, C7-T1) in the next 2 weeks at the latest.
How safe is surgery with so many artificial discs? What can I expect my life to be afterwards?
Can anyone help?