I have had a chronic headache for 5 months now as the result of a head arterial injury. No specialist I have seen so far has been able to offer me much in the way of a clear diagnosis or treatment and most advocate watchful waiting in the hope that it will resolve of its own accord. I began my own web based research and came across and his clinic and I have communicated with him via email and he seems be confident he can be of some assistance.
I have some concerns; firstly, there is a large disparity between the cost of both diagnosis and surgery for citizens and for foreigners. Surgery is a flat fee usd for foreigners and I envisage much less for locals. Sufferers of Chronic pain may often have feelings of desperation and hopelessness that can make them more susceptible to exploitation and Dr Shevels two tiered fee structure raises some serious questions. It can be safely assumed that anyone in a desperate medical situation will pay as much as they can afford in the hope of a cure, and in my opinion, for a Dr to exploit this for gain shines a spotlight on his/her ethics and while this may have no relevance to his / her skills, I feel it needs to be considered when deciding wether or not to proceed with treatment. I have no issue with anyone charging for their services, but a number of medical professionals I have consulted have raised questions about both the theory behind surgery and also the ethics surrounding the fee structure.
This brings me to my second concern, the theory and surgery are still it seems on the fringes and have not been accepted by many mainstream practitioners working in the field of headaches.
On the pro side, it has been shown that the Superficial temporal artery can be safely ligated (tied off) without serious complications and it appears that the surgery is relatively minor (which again raises concerns about the flat fee) and would carry the same risks as other minor surgical procedures. My point being that if you did decide to proceed with treatment the worst case scenario is likely to be that you are out of pocket usd mark and perhaps have some small scars around the temporal area and that there has been no improvement.
I am still looking at my options and will proceed with an open but cautious mind and I will continue to do research around and see if I can find out anything that will expand my knowledge of the success of his treatments. If my headache continues and no one here can help me I may take punt and travel to but it will it appears, be a gamble.
I did come across an interview with him and a specialist neurologist on a local TV program and the neurologist seemed to be suggesting that he did not agree with opinions and that his claims were not backed up by scientific data. I will see if I can find the link to it and post it on here.
I am also wary of testimonials and in the age of the internet, it is very easy to populate a site with glowing letters from happy customers, I am even more wary of doctors who utilize this form of marketing.
I really hope I haven’t been a big downer, I am not trying to be anything other than the voice of reason and hope I have given you some info that has been useful. I will keep you updated with anything I find out and I hope your headaches are not too bad right now
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Post Edited By Moderator (Annuk) : 11/16/2011 12:22:31 PM (GMT-7)