I know there's a directory here, but it has a lot of doctors listed, without any sort of qualitative information about them. Is it frowned upon to ask for referrals here?
If not, I'm looking for a neurosurgeon or a cross-trained orthopedic surgeon in the Chicago area for second opinions and/or to perform surgery to deal with my large herniated disc that is pressing on my spinal cord. I know certain university affiliated hospitals are reputable, but it's hard to tell which specific surgeons have the most experience with certain procedures.
Thanks in advance!