Re: cervical stenosis - how dangerous is it?
For my post ACDF stenosis I had a procedure called a posterior cervical foraminotomy.
It's the effects of stenosis which appear to be dangerous in your situation. If you had minimal symptoms and had a finding of stenosis, it wouldn't be much of an issue. Most everyone, as they age, has some degree of stenosis.
BUT, when your symptoms start to make life difficult via pain and/or affects such as numbness, tingling, muscle wasting, etc - then it becomes time to do something.
Discuss with your doctor if stenosis is the ONLY problem he/she sees. I'm an advocate for doing all that is needed when they go in. Don't fix my stenosis and then tell me the spine is unstable or I have discs herniating that may need more surgery.
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08