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Acoustic Neuroma

Gone But Not Forgotten

Dear Dr Danner,

Thank you for all of the specialized treatment you have provided for the removal of my acoustic neuroma.  You really took the time to explain and discuss options techniques and other things that were so important.  I felt very confident in your care and that proved to be true as I am doing very well in my recovery.  You are a very kind and caring doctor and I am glad that it worked out with you being my doctor/surgeon.

Sincerely,

L.C.

Tumor Experience

Dear Dr Bartels,

Words can't express how I feel other than very blessed to be here and to have had a successful surgery. So many people don't have this experience.  The moment I met you I knew you were a "gift from God" and I was exactly where I was meant to be.

I was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma in May and told by the ENT Specialist and Neurosurgeon in Maine that we would not do surgery but watch the tumor and to periodic MRI's.  The neurosurgeon told me my best case scenario was I'd lose my hearing totally in the left ear.  I learned a cousin had the same diagnosis ten years ago and Dr Bartels did a very successful surgery on him.  The first available appointment to see Dr Bartels was 2 1/2 weeks later.  So my husband and I flew from Portland where Dr Bartels reviewed my MRIs with us and immediately said "This is what we're going to do."  He was very confident, self assured.  He spent about 1 1/2 hours with us and I immediately knew that was what I was going to do and with whom I was going to do it with.  This is a major surgery and life threatening decision for me but I felt very calm and confident and in my heart I knew I'd been sent to him.

My surgery was a great success.  The care I was given by Dr Bartels and his staff was superb! By the way, Dr Bartels saved my hearing.  It tested exactly the same as when I went into surgery.  Usually you loose some hearing during this surgery.  My tumor began on my facial nerve so had I waited to just observe by MRI and it had grown my face could have been paralyzed or greatly affected.  That thought horrifies me!  I don't know what else to say other than Thank You so much!  You will always have a very special place in my heart!

K.H.

Just Like a Rose

Dear Dr Bartels,

On a recent medical visit, a new physician reviewed my medical history.   As she came upon the notation of the removal of an acoustic neuroma on my left balance and hearing nerve, she quickly looked up at my face.  The first thing she asked me was, "Who was your doctor?"  I smiled and told her that I was very fortunate to have been under your care in Tampa, FL.  This is not the first time I have been asked this question.

To update you, in 1998 and 1997, I had MRI's.  Both were negative for any tumor on the right side and any re-growth on the left side.  Over the years, I have managed to compensate for the lack of stereo hearing.  But after all these years, my right ear is now getting tired of doing the work of two.  I've tried a CROS aid and a digital hearing aid but caused more problems than assistance.

Twenty years ago, I woke up in ICU.  You asked me to smile.  When I did, you said, "Just like a rose!" That rose has continued to blossom and grow thanks to your skills as a surgeon.  I remarried and graduated from college ten years ago.  There is only one way to express my gratitude for giving me the rest of my life, thank you.

Sincerely yours,

N.R.

2 Years Out

Dear Dr Bartels,

It's been 2 years as of August since my Acoustic Neuroma surgery.  My family and I are still in awe of what you did for me.  I've been to at least six doctors since my surgery and they can't believe I'm doing this well.  I think I'm Dr B.'s Acoustic Neuroma post child, he is truly amazed at how well I'm doing.  I feel like I owe my life to you, and I'm still grateful for your skill as a surgeon.

Sincerely,

J.G.

Preparing for Surgery

Dear Dr Bartels,

Last year at this time I was getting my personal affairs in order as I prepared myself for surgery.  You were going to remove an acoustic neuroma from behind my left ear.  Through our conversations I was aware of the possible side effects of the surgery.  It was, needless to say, a very difficult time in my life.  I wish to express to you my gratitude for your remarkable skill and talent with which you performed my surgery, and the kind and meticulous follow-up care that I received from you and your office staff.  There is honestly not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and say "thank you" and "God bless you." Words can never express my true appreciation for having a surgeon as eminently capable as you.

May you and your family have a healthy and happy holiday season.

Sincerely yours,

H.A.

Relief

Dear Dr Bartels,

Three weeks ago you performed another one of your "miracles" and removed a large acoustic neuroma from the base of my wife's brain.  The words "thank you" seem so weak and inadequate to express our complex feelings of good fortune, gratitude, and of course relief for the successful conclusion of this surgery.

So far, my wife has experienced no facial weakness, her balance is as good as it always was (bearing in mind that she is a self-proclaimed "klutz" from girlhood) and her recovery to us has been quite remarkable.

My wife was terrified going into this surgery, but there is no doubt that your kindness and concern during our pre-surgery meetings, and your quiet confidence and self-assurance, helped to soften her natural fears and apprehensions.  Your team colleagues independently assured us that you were among the best in this surgical field, and we are certainly believers.  Beyond that, we are grateful and thankful to your wonderful office staff as well. Without exception, they reached out to my wife and provided warmth and encouragement when it was desperately needed.  This concern was so greatly appreciated.

We just want you to know that, under the circumstances, we consider ourselves most fortunate that we ended up in your hands (quite literally).  We understood that there were no guarantees, but we also knew that we were dealing with likelihoods that could only be improved by your experience, and by the professionalism and caring which was evident.  The result only confirms our faith.

We remain forever indebted to you.  If we can provide encouragement to others (to future terrified) facing this same surgery we stand ready to serve.  Our very best wishes for the fabulous work that you do.

Yours most gratefully,

J.G.

Acoustic Neuroma

Dr Bartels and Staff,

Thank you Dr Bartels for the wonderful work you did in removing the acoustic neuroma tumor.  I'm so grateful I was sent to such a good doctor and I'm so thankful that I don't have any major side effects from the surgery.

The ICU gave me excellent care.  It was great to be in a hospital, where I was so closely observed after surgery.  Also I had wonderful care on the 9th floor.  The staff was all very kind and helpful. So I have to say Tampa General Hospital was an excellent hospital.

Best regards,

E.C.

Acoustic Neuroma

Dear Dr Bartels,

It gave me great comfort to read the wonderful letters from your patients that you have in the waiting room.  It was Wednesday, the day before my surgery for removal of an acoustic neuroma.  I knew that I wanted also to add a few words of encouragement for your future patients.  The prospect is scary and the procedure appears daunting but in your very capable and especially caring hands with your wonderful bedside manner, it all went very well.

I'm making progress daily, just not ready to take on the world yet, unless it can be done in 20 minutes or less.  I have been blessed, once again, especially during this Thanksgiving season.  My best wishes to you and your entire staff for a wonderful holiday season.

I also wanted to mention, in closing, that the anesthesiologist was most competent and kind and he told me his name, more than once.  I cannot remember it, but let's attribute it to the gas!

Sincerely,

J.M.

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