I had a failed laminectomy. The NS who did the laminectomy told me I now need a fusion, but he doesn't do them, so he referred me to another NS. When I met with the other NS I asked him how many ACDF surgeries he has performed. He said he does "about 50" a year, and he said so far he has never had any major complications, "knock on wood". But then he volunteered this comment: "I don't do as many as Dr. ___". (Dr. "___" is his partner.) So, I'm sitting there thinking, maybe I should see Dr. ___ instead. Well, it turned out I would have had to wait two months just to get an appointment to see Dr. ___, and I can't wait that long. So now I am wondering if 50 ACDF surgeries a year is a good number or not. Should I see a doctor who performs more ACDF surgeries? I am assuming that the more experience a doctor has doing ACDFs the more skilled he will be, and the higher the probability of a good outcome, but I don't know if that is necessarily true. I am confused and anxious about this. I have already had one failed surgery. I don't want another one. I wish there was some clear way to decide which surgeons are "the best". If one surgeon does 50 ACDFs a year, and another surgeon does 100 ACDFs per year, should I go to the one who does 100? The surgery is already scheduled for next week, but I made an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon later this week. I'm obsessive enough as it is. This is just nerve-wracking.