I was wondering about the process of finding a surgical team outside of the state you live in. I am very new to this as well....just got my tumor diagnosis last week but see a neurosurgeon next Monday (Aug 22) in Macon, GA. I'm also trying to get an appointment at Emory in Atlanta. Financially, how expensive is it to travel to these other places?
I am definitely wanting to see someone with experience in AN's because I want the best possible outcome. At the same time, money is an issue outside of insurance which in itself is an issue as well! Any guidance is much appreciated!
Don't feel compelled to travel just for the sake of travel. And don't get too caught up in the supposed numbers of AN surgeries some claim, or at least get thrown around on here from time to time.
You do want to deal with a facility, and personnel that specialize in skull base surgery or radiation, but just because Vanderbuilt or House require travel, doesn't mean that they are superior to Emory. They may be, or not, but not because they are out of state.
I live 1.5 hours from Duke. If Duke is local for me, does that somehow make it inferior? If you traveled hours to Duke, would that make it superior?
I have a buddy who is now retired, but was considered one of "THE GUYS" when it came to facial reconstruction and nerve repair etc. He is world class. He spent much of his career in Buffalo, NY! He was laughing about it when I asked him about travel for treatment because nobody in Buffalo thought that a competent, let alone renowned expert, surgeon would be in Buffalo, yet he was one of the guys that oil sheiks etc would travel half way across the globe to be a patient of.