I had CyberKnife treatment, but was also interested in the endoscopic procedure at SBI, if for some small chance the CK didn't work, I would explore that option further....
1. Are the methods used by the Skull Based Institute known by surgical peers in the profession?
It's endoscopic, many surgeries are done using that method although I believe it is new for skull base surgery in the US, I hear it is more common in S Korea.
2. Are the results known, and subject to any peer-review or commentary?
I'd check with them about that....
3. Are there others pursuing similar techniques?Ã‚Â If so, who and where?
Yes, Dr. Jho on the east coast..... http://drjho.com
4. If not, why not?Ã‚Â (It would seem if the technique is successful with less patient debilitation, others treating acoustic neuroma would be interested in learning of these practices and in communication with the source of the technique and tools.)
Surgeons would require more, probably extensive training in the new procedure, financially they may not see the benefit, and hospitals stand to lose money in the fact that patients are discharged much quicker....I know many disagree with my jaded views that money is basis for such decisions and that's okay.
Other surgeons also say it is too dangerous because they may accidentally cut a vessel and not be able to repair it quick enough, although when I spoke with SBI about that they said that was incorrect and they've NEVER had a fatality....it's the least invasive treatment next to radiation and I think it's worth considering for sure, all patients I've heard from who had that procedure seemed very happy.