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Frequently Asked Questions

What does fellowship-trained mean? Why is it important?

It usually takes 12 or more years of education and training after high school to become a surgeon. College. Medical School. Residency. Most doctors start practicing in their specialties after all that work. That's not the case with the members of our team. Every member of our Skull Base team has additional fellowship training in his sub-specialty. That extra concentrated surgical training gives each member of our team an unusual mastery of the highly advanced surgical techniques that often take years and years of private practice to achieve. Most definitely, there's a great deal of competition for fellowships these days. Only the brightest, most promising doctors are awarded fellowship spots.

FAQ: What questions should I ask my doctor?

  • What are the risks involved with your preferred treatment option? 
  • How much improvement can I expect from your option versus other options?
  • What happens if I decide against (or to delay) treatment?
  • How much experience do you have performing this type of surgery?
  • How many surgeries like this do you perform every year?
  • Do you have fellowship or specialized training with this particular surgery?
  • Do you have a patient who had a similar condition who might speak to me regarding his or her outcome?
  • Should I expect pain after the operation? If so, for how long?
  • When may I resume my normal activities?
  • What type of follow up care should I expect?