My name is Kenny and I was diagnosed with semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome (SCDS) on my right side. The symptoms began just over two years ago when I started noticing that when I spoke I was hearing the sounds of my own voice in my head, loud and distorted. Over time it got worse and worse. It got to the point that I was hearing myself breath with every breath. I was also hearing the pulse of my heart with every beat. It was absolutely miserable. It had such an impact on my day to day life that every day was a challenge to get through. There were days the autophony was so bad that I was mute, definitely not something I could live with having a career in law enforcement.
I saw my local ENT. He took a few educated guesses and attempted to diagnose my condition but was met with negative results. Finally, he recommended I make an appointment with the House Clinic. That very day I called and had an appointment for a week later. I was so impressed they got me in so quick.
The following week I met with Dr. Kevin Peng who seemed confident he would be able to get to the bottom of this. He set me up for a CT scan to look for possible SCDS. When I came back for the follow up appointment he had the news I had been waiting so long to hear, a diagnosis! Now it was time to discuss the surgery. A very serious surgery in a scary location, my head!
I was so impressed with the House Clinic and the team they put on my case. There was Dr. Peng, my primary doctor/surgeon (neurotologist) on my case, and the man who diagnosed me! Then there was Dr. Gregory Lekovic, my neurosurgeon who did a great job explaining his part in the surgery. Also, Dr. Michael Stefan who was my acting primary care physician, clearing me for surgery and stopping by my room every day to check on me. And last but not least was Roya (patient liaison) who was very helpful in keeping the line of communication open with my family with updates during the surgery. She was there to help with anything we needed during my hospital stay. The surgery was performed at St. Vincent Medical Center and my family and I were blown out of the water with the level of care I received during my stay. The nurses went above and beyond to keep me comfortable and help in any way I needed.
The operation was successful. For the first time in two years I’m hearing normal! I couldn’t be more impressed by the House Clinic and St. Vincent Medical Center. I give them a score of 11 out of 10. I would recommend them to anybody! Thank you, House Clinic and Dr. Peng and the rest of the team.
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