A year-and-a-half ago, I was suffering from severe neck pain and back pain from a herniated disc in my neck. I was unable to sleep properly at night, and it took several attempts and additional pain meds for me to even bear lying down in the MRI machine long enough for them to finish the scan needed for a firm diagnosis of my condition. A close family friend who is a doctor had recommended Dr. Fischer to me, and now, just over a year after my surgery, I can say confidently that the recommendation has been life changing. Dr. Fischer’s outstanding talent as a surgeon is matched by the high degree of empathy she brings to patient care. She unfailingly provided me with precise, thoughtful answers to my numerous questions about the alternatives and the procedure itself (ACDF), up until around 30 seconds before the anesthesia took effect on the operating table. A year on, my fusion is proceeding ahead of schedule, and Dr. Fischer recommended PT for residual neck pain. The PT had helped me greatly, although not all spine surgeons actually recommend it, apparently. In summary, while I don’t always have titanium braces fitted on my spine, when I do, I prefer to have them afffixed by Dr. Fischer.