Posted by Bob W. (188.8.131.52) on September 21, 1999 at 00:07:46:
In Reply to: Thanks for info posted by David D on September 18, 1999 at 14:25:30:
Not sure why my email addy didn't show up, so here it is :Rwold42932@aol.com
Yes, Dr. Jannetta's operation is big time surgery.
He does do it for Clusters though. It involves (brief description) cutting the skull open above/behind the ear with approximately a "quarter-sized" hole which is later filled with an epoxy.
The Blood vessel that wraps around the offending nerve is then manipulated and a teflon pad is placed between the vessel and the nerve to keep them apart. This is to keep the vessel from putting pressure on the nerve. Success rate is, to be blunt, so-so.
So, it's off to Houston. I hope it stays warm and not too windy, as in hurricane season.
The Doctor in Houston that I'm seeing is Dr. Matthew. His Neurosurgeon's name is Dr. Hurt. ;-(
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