I am new to this forum and really feel lucky to read so much useful information here.
I do have couple questions for my wife, who was recently diagnosed as herniated C5-C6 disc. We were told by the doctor that she will need the ACDF surgery, sooner than later. This is really shock news. My wife is still young and she did not have much bad feelings for her neck until she was not able to move neck for two days in later October. The MRI result is very bad and we are recommended by the doctors to consider the surgery.
Before we make the final decision, we really have some questions.
How to find a good doctor? We already visited a doctor with 11 years experience and he seems to be a good doctor. However, should we try to see more doctors to find a better one? How do we tell if a doctor is good or not?
What is the typical side effect after the surgery? I read some posts and I can see that quite some people feel uncomfortable about the throat. Will that be a temporally condition?
My wife is a chemist and she used to do a lot of bench work. Is anyone on this forum doing the similar work? Will she be able to continue her work after the surgery? Is there any restriction about what type of work that the patient should avoid after the recovery?
I know this is quite a lot of questions. Really appreciate if someone can help on them. Thanks and wish you all a wonderful new year.