Re: need recommendation for neuro surgeon in Boston with cerivcal ACDF experience
I used Dr. Woodard at the New England Baptist for a C4-5 ACDF last September. The surgery went well. I attended the pre surgery training class with my wife before hand so I knew what to expect. I went in early in the morning and was out by 3 in the afternoon, although I was told I could stay overnight if I had wanted. I had no real complications. I had some swallowing issues that seem minor now that I look back on it, but were scary at the time. Overall I would recommend him. My neurologist implied that Woodard is known as a good technician which is what I want when messing around with my spine.
He is hard to get an appointment with though. Figure at least a 3 month wait unless you have an MRI report or a doctors note that indicates it is urgent. Also, don't expect to see him a lot after the surgery unless their are complications. I've only seen him twice since I had my surgery and he doesn't want to see me again for another year. I have a neurologist that I see more often (pretty much whenever I want to) if I am concerned about something. I think it is pretty typical that a good neurosurgeon is hard to get an appointment with since word gets around.
Personally, my symtoms have improved a bit, but not much after surgery. Both the neurosugeon and the neurologist say it may just take time (years), or it may be permanent damage (I had a compressed spinal cord). It is important to get your expectations in line. The primary goal of surgery is to stop things from getting worse.
Last edited by codemonger; 05-27-2008 at 12:08 PM.