I just had middle fossa done at House last week by Drs. Friedman, Schwartz, Stefan and Seamon (sp?). I was a "watch-n-waiter" for 5 years and researched the d***ens out of my treatment options. My MRIs went all over the place and I had interviewed numerous doctors in the porcess. I have to say the experience I had at House/ St. Vincent's/ Seton Hall was way beyond what I had hoped for or expected! I can't imagine having made a better choice!
I have never felt so well-cared for in a medical environment. The St. Vincent's hospital staff from the best nurses to Daniel our physical therapist to Nina, to Nancy, to everyone we came in contact with, the doctors, especially Dr. Friedman whom I now consider a personal friend (he even emailed Kelly and me last night saying he missed us), were absolutely the BEST! The thing I would say about their "program" is that it is all very, very well mapped out. One can definitely tell they do constant process/procedure review in a group setting to improve patient outcomes and I really appreciate that. The testing, the pre-op, the operating room and technology, the ICU, the post-op, the food, the nursing, the PT, the amount of personal interaction betweeen patient and doctor was obviously very, very carefully orchestrated. Everyone involved were specialists in their trades.
Even the maintenance staff at the Seton Guest Center where my wife was staying during my surgery were great. Nobody on that campus looked at me funny as I wobbled around for a day or two because they had seen it a million times. Just that she felt close to my hospital room being on the same campus comforted her and the guest room really was a great transition for us after the hospital stay.
I would highly recommend the team of Drs. Friedman, Schwartz, Stefan, and Seamon for anyone with an AN! Someone said you only have brain surgery once and I echo that sentiment. Do whatever it takes to get to House. We flew from the St. Louis area to LA and had all very smooth transfers, very convenient. The post-op flight back was no prob. The toughest part of going out there was making sure our kids were well-cared for and emotionally secure. In retrospect, I think it would have been tougher on them if I had attempted to do this surgery locally...
I could write all day long about all of my experiences at House but if anyone wants to PM me to make arrangements to talk about it I would be more than happy to.