I'm certainly not questioning the use of endoscopic surgery - I think it's a great option and in the future, hopefully, they'll be able to do most surgeries that way - it's much less invasive. And they certainly already remove much larger body parts that way with great results. My concern is this procedure being done by someone who may not have the qualifications to do so. He clearly knows what he's doing, but just knowing how to do it and having the formal training and/or licensing to do it are very different issues. I feel if he wants to perform this type of surgery, he should go about the formalities. That's just my opinion. I'm very much "by the book" when it comes to some things. I'm sure some will see it as just more hoops one must jump through, but those hoops are there for a reason. There has to be some oversight and consistency.
Eve, I certainly didn't mean to imply he is a quack. Not at all. Like I said, he clearly knows what he's doing, or he wouldn't have had any good results! And I'm truly happy that you and the others here who have used him have had such great results. And Marsha, I apologize if I've offended you. I certainly did not mean to.
All doctors get sued and all malpractice insurance is expensive. Yes, neurosurgeons probably pay the most because the possibilities of a bad outcome are so high. It's much more risky than having a tooth pulled. I would think that by performing a surgery that is not technically within your area of certification would just open you up to being sued. I'd be willing to bet there are patients of his that don't know he's not a neurosurgeon, or don't know the difference between a general surgeon and a neurosurgeon. So, something doesn't go as planned, they get mad, go find one of those lawyers on tv who will sue anything that moves and they'll emphasize to the court that this doctor performed a surgery that maybe he shouldn't be allowed to. Those lawyers make sure it gets publicized because that brings them more business. Unfortunately that's just the reality of the society we live in.
But, like was mentioned before, patients have to do their own research and decide what their best option is. I would not suggest that anyone made a poor choice because he did not do what I did. I would hope that after all is said and done, everyone is happy with his choice.