Neuroscience Institute Patient Testimonials

Read stories and watch videos to learn what patients are saying about UPMC Hamot's Neuroscience Institute.

Robert Perry, Stent Patient Success Story

When 69-year-old stroke survivor Robert Perry experienced headache-like pain, he knew to come to UPMC Hamot.

"My wife searched on the Internet,” Perry recalls, “and we deemed UPMC Hamot the best option.”

After having a stent placed in his right carotid artery by another hospital seven years earlier, which occluded, Perry had good reason to seek out a place with a high success rate, state-of-the-art facilities, and an experienced team of health professionals.

After an initial stroke test in November 2010 revealed a blocked right carotid artery, Perry went to see Cordell Preciado, MD, a UPMC Hamot neurointerventional radiology specialist.

Dr. Preciado provided further insight along with a recommendation to have a stent placed in Perry’s left carotid artery. Perry had that surgery just two months later — and would have had it even earlier if he didn’t need time to recover from his mini-stroke.

“I was surprised at how fast they scheduled my surgery and that it only required one overnight stay in the intensive care unit,” Perry says. “Then there was the convenience of all this being available right here in Erie.”

Though today Perry is feeling well and taking care of his health, he says it’s comforting to know that — if he needs help — he can count on the caring and experienced team of physicians at the UPMC Hamot Neuroscience Institute.

Sara Ball, Coil Embolization Patient Success Story

At just 35, Sara Ball learned that she had an aneurysm serious enough to require surgery. Though hardly welcomed news, she was glad she could count on Cordell Preciado, MD, a UPMC Hamot neurointerventional radiology surgeon, and his experienced team at the UPMC Hamot Neuroscience Institute.

“I had no idea what I was dealing with,” Ball admits. “But Dr. Preciado explained everything from what to expect during the test and procedure to how the aneurysm occurred. He did it all in words we can understand — I couldn’t believe how much time he spent with us!”

When Dr. Preciado performed an angiogram, it revealed that Ball’s aneurysm would require a coil embolization of her periophthalmic artery. This procedure releases a platinum coil, inserted through a microcatheter into the aneurysm, obliterating blood flow into the aneurysm.

Ball went in for surgery in December 2010, just one month after her initial diagnosis.

“The surgery was a complete success in that we were able to preserve her vision by preserving her ophthalmic artery,” says Dr. Preciado.

Though nervous, Ball says that the compassion and knowledge of the staff — along with the comfortable accommodations — won her over. “The staff, the food, the facilities … everything was 100% wonderful,” she says.

Now, with regular follow-up exams with Dr. Preciado, Sara Ball reports she too can describe her health as being “100% wonderful” again.

A Letter from Noel Polk, Microvascular Decompression Patient

"I had my MVD (microvascular decompression) procedure with Dr. Sekula this past Tuesday (2/7/2012), and I'm happy to report that, except for some residual, minor eye flutters, I consider myself 100% spasm free. It's Friday right now, and I'm in my hotel room waiting for the nurse to come and check on me.

I can't say enough about how amazing Dr. Sekula, his team, and the entire staff at UPMC Hamot were to me from pre-op to discharge. The bedside manner of each of the floor nurses was phenomenal and I never had any question because they answered them before I even had to ask.

I hope and pray for any of you that are contemplating, or about to go through, this procedure. If you have chosen Dr. Sekula, you are definitely in great hands. Take care!" — Noel Polk

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