Thank you, though I still don't know how I got through it! lol
As far as surgeons, I think it's best to get a few opinions. I personally ended up going with an orthopedic surgeon, but he has a spine fellowship and his specialty is adult spine disorders such as stenosis, scolosis and spine injury. He also works with major sports teams and gymnasts, etc and is part of a well-known ortho group. I did a lot of research into docs, plus i got opinions from others. My physical therapist was wonderful in giving me doc recommendations. If you have a PT, you should ask them. And, at PT, I was able to meet and talk to some of my surgeon's patients. So I got good recommendations. And when I went to the hospital, the nurses asked who was doing my surgery, I told them, and they all said if they had a problem, they'd want him doing their surgery. They said I was in good hands. So I was lucky and found a good orthopedic doctor. It's more of finding a good surgeon, whether it be ortho or neuro, plus I guess personal preference.
I am presuming you are being checked for ankylosing spondylitis? My rheumatologist had suspicions of that at first. After my first lumbar MRI, he suddenly had me quickly get a sacroiliac MRI to check for it. But the MRI did not show any fusion so he ruled it out, I guess, though I never had that HLA blood test.
But again, as for surgery, it doesnt matter if it's an ortho or neuro. Just make sure they specialize in spine surgery (that's all they do) and have a fellowship in spine surgery. Read up about them, ask nurses, ask your physical therapists, ask other people if possible who they had surgery from and how it went, etc.