Hi all. This is my first post here. I am a 42-year-old woman. I have been diagnosed with a herniation at C5-C6 after having an MRI. For the past few months I have been through all the standard stuff.... drugs, chiropractor, acupuncture, heat, ice, massage, et cetera. I was told I had a very good chance of the disk reabsorbing. This has NOT happened, and my symptoms are getting worse. I have arm pain and tingling, my hand (thumb, pointer, and middle fingers) numb and in pain. I have a pulling sensation from my neck if I turn it. When I wake up in the morning, I cannot grab things, meaning I just cannot make my arm and hand go in that direction. I have an appointment with the spine surgeon on Friday. I am pretty positive I'm looking at ACDF surgery. It is even killing me to type this. My arm is going completely numb, and my hand and neck ache always.
My question is this: What do I need to look for in a surgeon? How many surgeries performed successfully, if he/she is board certified, what? Also, are there other pre-op questions I need to ask?
Thanks so much! I am in a very stressed and scared place.