I am a newbie to all this. Was diagnosed Aug 28/14 with left side AN. 1.2 cm. I live in San Diego. I would love to hear from anyone who has had experience with Dr. Friedman, or Dr. Brackmann. I have talked to both, and would love to get access to either one, but can't seem to negotiate the Insurance maze. I am self employed and have cov cal HMO, but can change my plan Nov 1/14, to a PPO, or even get a private plan if I have to. Both these Dr's seem to be out of all insurance networks. Maybe this post should be under insurance, But I thought I would start here as anyone who has had surgery with either one of these two, may be able to tell me what kind of insurance they had that gained them access, what was their surgery experience like, and any information on what to be aware of to head off any kind of problems both post surgery and billing. Thank you, any information would be very much appreciated.