Here is my success story: After experiencing imbalance and a feeling of pressure and headache upon bending, imaging revealed I had a left paraclinoid ICA aneurysm of 8.5mm. After researching my options, I visited MGH and Tufts Medical Center and one other hospital for opinions, and my decision was an easy one. I was certain that Dr. Adel Malek of Tufts Medical Center was the doctor I wanted to perform the procedure. Besides Dr. Malek's outstanding educational background, training and achievements, my family and I were so impressed with Dr. Malek's compassion, humanity, and patience. I am so blessed to have found this exceptionally gifted doctor who gave me my life back.
After personally performing a diagnostic cerebral angiogram the day before the procedure to ensure that nothing had changed since the first angiogram done elsewhere two months earlier, Dr. Malek determined that the aneurysm would best be treated with stent-mediated coiling. He performed the procedure on August 10, 2011. Everything went well and as planned, and I quickly regained my strength and left the hospital Saturday morning, just three days post procedure and feeling great.
When patients seek medical attention in the Boston area, they may focus on the larger medical institutions that receive more press. While Tufts is smaller than MGH and other Boston hospitals, their neuro surgeons are tops in their specialties and the neuroscience equipment is state of the art. We actually felt that the size of Tufts was a huge advantage, as the feeling we got at Tufts was more personalized and less frenetic. I found my treatment at Tufts exceptionally professional and compassionate, and the level of attention and care at all levels was superior to the larger hospitals I visited. Scheduling, phone inquiries, call backs, pre visit counseling with Dr. Malek's outstanding staff was excellent. Every Tufts employee we encountered was professional and kind, from everyone in admitting, records, testing, and patient care. Even the transport gentleman insisted that he take my husband and me directly to our car in the garage to assist us beyond the door upon my discharge.
Tufts recently opened the new state of the art Michael Neely Neuroscience Center where I recovered from my procedure. The entire staff was specially selected for this critical care and step down recovery area. The nursing care that I received went well beyond my expectations. I was constantly monitored by caring and compassionate professionals.
I highly recommend Tufts Medical Center and especially Dr. Adel Malek if you are seeking treatment in the Boston area.
Do your research, seek opinions, and ask the important questions. But after all of this difficult decision making, I have been reminded, once again, to trust my instincts in making important decisions. I thank God and my dear friend Diane S. for guiding me to Tufts and Dr. Malek.
Good luck to all, and I pray that you will experience a positive outcome as well.