The surgery was a success, my arm pain and numbness was gone, but not the neck pain
. I saw him for 6 months of follow up after the surgery and he just told me to be careful because of the bulging disc underneath.
I was in pain, but he said that I could go back to my normal activities and the fusion was healing nicely. Fast forward to Dec 05, the disc at C5-6 herniated and I had another surgery. Same scenario, follow up, but still in excruciating pain.