My wife underwent successful translab surgery at the House Clinic on 4/10/13 removing a 2.9 cm tumor. There was no damage of any nature other than her hearing loss which we knew going in and the entire tumor was removed and she is doing very well.
We wanted to post this information for several reasons.
The first is to let others know about the great care she received there. The surgery was done by Dr. Friedman and Dr. Schwartz and we can't say enough good things about them for their concern and advice prior to the surgery and obviously the outstanding job that they did. We also want to comment on the outstanding care before and after the surgery and in the hospital by Dr. Stefan.
The second is to let others know about Seton Hall. For us, it was the best place to stay not only for the easy access to the hospital but for the support and friendship we shared with others going through similar experiences.
Last is to let others know that this discussion forum was outstanding and so unbelievably helpful in making what for us what was one of the most difficult decisions we ever had to make. Surgery or radiation and where? We're aware as others point out that there are many facilities that also do an excellent job but based on the comments on this forum and talking with others at support group meetings who had been to House, we felt this was the place to go and we would never have to second guess ourselves. We'll obviously never know if things would have gone as well at other locations but feel this was the best decision we've ever made.
We couldn't agree more with others who point out that no matter where you decide to go after your research, make certain that they have extensive experience with acoustic neuroma surgery. The people we met and talked to that had the most problems had gone to centers where this surgery was not done on a regular basis.
We would be glad to discuss our experience or answer any questions if anyone wants to contact us.