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Artificial Disc surgery

Does anyone know whether artificial disc surgery will become available to persons who previously had a fusion?  I had a fusion when I was 15 at C-6-7.  I am now 42.  After a few episodes of neck pain, an MRI recently revealed degenerative disc disease at several levels and most pronounced at C-5.  I am treating my condition conservatively and I am hopeful that no surgery will be needed for some time.  But I'm very concerned that I will eventually need surgery at least at the C-5 level.  Why would I not be eligible for an artificial disc to avoid further range of motion loss?  Is there any hope that the disqualification currently in effect for persons with prior fusions will be lifted?
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