I felt compelled to drop you a line after reading your story about Skull Base Institute. Our 19 year old son (Jared) was recently diagnosed with a right side AN (10x9x7 mm) on 9-17-08. After living on the internet and obtaining as much information as possible about surgical procedures I came across the Skull Base Institute. I mailed the MRI CD and other pertinent info to Dr. Shahinian and within a few days I was speaking with him about our son's problem. It was as though a huge weight had been lifted from our shoulders after the discussion I had with Dr. Shahinian. I went home to my wife and relayed all that he had told me and made the comment that "my gut feeling is that this is the doctor and procedure we want for our son". After numerous visits with our son (he is in college at the University of Kansas), he too was convinced that the minimally invasive approach was the only option for him - not the standard procedure that was detailed to him by a neurosurgeon.
Jared's surgery is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. We pray that his surgery is as successful as yours and that he will be back to school soon. Reading a post like yours only strengthens our belief that Dr. Shahinian's endoscopic procedure is the right choice for Jared. We will keep you posted on the outcome of the surgery if you like.
Ron & Karen