After the sudden hearing loss in my right ear and being given several different diagnosis over the course of two years I started to become dizzy. The dizziness became worse over time and then in addition I started to lose my balance. I became very physically ill very quickly.
After an MRI was performed by my doctor at the Samsun Clinic (Santa Barbara), I was called back later that same afternoon with a radiology reading of a giant cystic Acoustic Neuroma (~5 cm). I was told it was an emergency situation and that I would need surgery to remove the tumor. I was shocked and scared! My doctor had already called the House Clinic and had told me that they were expecting my call. He explained that they were a world renowned clinic known for this type of surgery.
I called the House Clinic and Dr. Slattery’s office was indeed expecting my call. They were extremely helpful and we made an appointment for the next day. My husband and I traveled down to Los Angeles the next day.
Upon our arrival we were so impressed by the efficiency and professional atmosphere of the office. We were given a tour of St. Vincent Medical Center by Roya (patient liaison) who made sure that we knew all of the details of the surgery to come and the facility. Roya was also present at every appointment before and after the surgery to make sure we felt comfortable and informed. After seeing Dr. Slattery, the ear surgeon, and then Dr. Lekovic, the neurosurgeon, in separate appointments that day, we felt very comfortable going ahead with the surgery to remove both the tumor and the attached cyst. We felt informed and confident that this was the best option for me. We knew right away that we had been directed to the right place!
My surgery was scheduled for a week later but during the weekend my symptoms became more severe and when I emailed Dr. Slattery, they moved the surgery up. After a long operation, the tumor was successfully removed with no impact on my facial nerves. I am so grateful to both Dr. Slattery and Dr. Lekovic for their surgical skills, they are truly amazing! The number of skilled professionals it took to successfully get me through surgery that day was awe-inspiring! There are so many different components to this team and they were all highly skilled and professional! I would highly recommend the House Clinic.