Re: Cervical Spine Surgery
Welcome to the board.
If you scroll further down the page that lists Health Issues, you will see there is a separate listing for "Spinal Cord Disorders." Most of the people with cervical issues hang out there. You will get many more replies if you post again at that part of the board. We are mostly lumbar spineys on this board.
It is true that a fusion places more stress on the adjacent spinal segments. When you have an area that is immobile, the first segment after this area takes the brunt of the motion. This causes more wear and tear on that segment and, as a result, it tends to deteriorate more quickly.
If you continue doing work that is very physical, I would imagine it could speed up the deterioration process.