Thank you for taking time to find the data and your feedback on Dr. Crawford! The details of your research are very helpful.
I live in Boise, ID and am 53, and my tumor size is/was 1.6mm as of May 2018, and it is growing. I have <20% discernment in the AN ear. I have 88% discernment with hearing loss in my other ear as well, due to Meniere's.
My ENT (who was also trained at House) suggested surgical removal via the translabyrinthine approach, because it is safest and he feels the hearing loss is so great the benefits of trying to save the hearing that's left isn't worth the risk of a different approach. I got a 2nd opinion from Dr. Friedman at UCSD, and he said the same thing. My hearing is pretty stable in my right side (the Meniere's side), so Dr. Friedman thinks the Meniere's could be "burned out" by now (I'm praying for that).
I'm also working on getting an opinion from Dr. Slattery at House as well.
I'm planning to meet with Dr. Crawford soon, to get his advice and details of his experience. He just moved here to Boise, ID from Washington, where he practiced in military hospitals. He has 20 years of experience. My ENT said he would suggest I go to House for the surgery if Dr. Crawford were not here; but he has joined my ENT doctor in his new clinic. The clinic, idahoear.com, says they are the only dedicated solely to the Otologic and Neurotologic conditions in the state. This sounds wonderful, it would be nice to have the surgery in my home town.
How many surgeries per month or year are considered enough to have adequate experience when considering a doctor?
Even if I feel good about Dr. Crawford, I still have questions about the local hospital's staff, practices and technology as well as anyone who would assist him in the surgery. He would be new in working with others here and new in working in the hospital here. Would you say these are valid concerns?
Any of your thoughts would be helpful.