I am not sure what he did 100% but I do know how he went about everything. Since I am only 23 and my body heals fast we did not get bone from my hip. He used a mixture(that is bone like but comes from a bottle) and then used a little of my bone(that I believe he got from my vertabre). It is a very little amount of my bone so no big deal. He mixed that up and made some kinda of mixture and that is what he put in my threaded cage. He uses a ray threaded fusion cage...which is another thing that he does differently. I know they did a two inch incision at the base of my neck going sideways. This incision is bareley noticable and I am amazed. I had to do my follow-up with a different surgeon and he was very impressed. He took x-rays of my neck because he wanted to see my doctors work because he was so amazed! I know they removed the bad disc and then scraped the tops and bottom of the enclosure and poped in the threaded cage that is made of titanium. I had no pain that was involving my incision. My main pain was my chest and inbetween my shoulder blades. I think this is normal because they have to move your vertabre and all your muscles to get to your spine (since they go in the front way). I was on morphine for the first whole day and thru the night. I needed it...but it wasn't horrific pain where I thought I was going to die. It hurt...but it was liveable. The next day I went home in the morning because I was walking and talking so well
I had a prescription for percocet and I took two every 4 hours and that seemed to work. Thta was only for a week. The second week I was taking 2 percocets a day...and now I am just talking Ultram and Maybe some vicodin. I still wear the neck brace as a reminder. Honestly, again I don't know if it worked. I still have the same pain...but from my understanding is that it takes sometime for those nerves to heal and become normal...so I will just wait. By the way...his name is Dr. William Reed in Overland Park, KS. He has opened his own speciality hospital here and he is amazing and so is his staff. He is a wonderful surgeon. There are only 15-20 minimally invasive surgeons in the country and he is one of them. He is also going to be doing the disc replacement surgerys soon. He is worth checking out. Good luck!