I just got back from a consultation with a ortho surgeon who is with one of the best teaching hospitals in the country. He is recommending a two level fusion at L4/L5 and L5/S1 using PLIF with BMP. Overall I really liked him and am impressed that 100% of his practice is spine surgery. I also have an consultation next week with a neurosurgeon at a private hospital that my pain management Dr. recommended. From his bio it appears that he also does primarily spine surgery.
My question is if you had a choice would you prefer a large teaching hospital with an excellent reputation, or a smaller private hospital that is also good? (I had my sinus surgery done at the smaller hospital in 2006, and while it was outpatient I had a great experience with the care.) One of the other differences is that the private hospital is only about 20 minutes from my house and the teaching hospital is about an hour from home.
thanks for your input!