Well, the good news is that Gareth's surgery is finished and his neck vertebra are replaced with cadaver bone and metal plate. He has mobility in legs/arms and could answer the doctor that we had 6 cats after coming out of anesthesia.
The bad news, like Kamlesh, is that his internal body is being taken over by the scleroderma/UCTD. The surgery was suppose to be 2-3 hrs. It lasted 7 hrs!! The doctor got in and found that his esophagus, trachea, and aorta going up his neck was one balled mass of connective tissue. He told us it took over 2 hours under a microscope, to snip away the adhesions just so he could work on the vertebra!! He was not prepared for that and had never seen anything like it before. I am very curious as to what the rest of his insides look like!!
I'll stay the night, at the hospital, with him and he will probably be discharged tomorrow. He's only got a 1-2" incision at the crook of his neck. He'll have to wear a neck brace during the day for a week or two, depending on pain.
Take care, Everyone.