I had surgery by Dr. Brackmann and Dr. Hitzelberger about 4 weeks ago. My tumor was considered large, and I was in ICU for 1 1/2 days, and released after about 5 days. I had no facial paraylsis, not even temporary. I am very pleased w/the outcome, and have no unusual post-surgery effects. I researched in great depth before using him (I live in Georgia), and came into contact with one person who researched intently for four years and used Dr. Brackmann as well. These doctors are widely known, and while I was there, I met a couple who had travelled overseas to use him. One thing I found very impressive with Dr. Brackmann, is that even during my pre-op appt., he received a phonecall from a patient, which he took in the room. He was very kind and considerate. I have called The house once since arriving home to ask a question about taking motrin or tylenol, and they asked me if I wanted to talk to Dr. Brackmann. Apparently, talks with many of his patients personally if a question arises after surgery. I like the idea of being able to talk to him directly if need be.
As far as the nursing staff, everyone was extremely nice. My ICU nurse was very attentive, and all nursing staff was extremely helpful. I have no complaints whatsoever.
We made a reservation in Seton Hall (hospital housing), so once we arrived in LA, we checked in there... The rooms aren't fancy, just basic, but that was okay with me. They served their purpose. I loved being there because I met so many wonderful people, and they were all going through the same surgery as me! Every one on my hall that I met had acoustic neuroma surgery. After being discharged from the hospital, I went back to Seton Hall, and stayed there for the remainder of my stay. My husband really wanted to stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel, but I didn't see the point since I wouldn't be able to enjoy it. And in retrospect, I feel like I would have missed out on so many relationships, compassion, and wonderful, genuine people.