Allanah dear heart, It's me again! I had 3 bulging discs in my cervical spine, 12 years ago. Had laminectomies with fusion--bone taken from my pelvic bone, placed in the surgical area to fill it in after discs removed, them secured with a plate and 4 screws. This was done from the front of the neck, not the back. I had nerve entrapments, right arm numb and painful. It all went away immediately! Had to wear a cervical collar for a couple months, but not a bit of trouble since. Just slight limitation to turning my head side to side.
When I had xrays done before this past surgery, the surgeon told me there was compression of C2 onto C3, and it is not good results to try to fix it. The fusion is from C3 to C7. A bit of a "time bomb" feeling if I think about it!
A surgeon I had early on with one of the first spine surgeries, told me to never let anyone like a Chiropractor, manipulate of adjust my spine. The bones are diseased and softened and the procedure coul crumble the vertebrae instantly. Scarey enough! Good luck, just listen to his full description of what he sees and what he recommends. Loretxx