We travelled from Erie to Cleveland OH. about
a 2 hr drive. Not sorry for one minute that I did it. Wife stayed at the hotel on the grounds of the Clinic. Everything went well. pre-op on Tuesday, surgery on Wedsnesday, discharge on Saturday. The surgeon I had at Clinic would have justified another 3 hr drive. He is the best, as well as his staff.
I had been going to the Clinic for the past couple of years. Wife had some heavy duty back surgery in July 2009. Went very well. You also have to keep in mind the pre and post op visits. Had Colonoscopies there. It is just worth it to go to institutions such as this. They have a great many patients from the middle east, and it is pretty impressive when you see all the limo's lined up out front, and learn that some Princess has taken over the entire floor in the hotel. And she will be there for a couple of months. The Dr.s' must know what they are doing.
Stayed in Erie for RT. Wish I had gone south for that due to the bad weather. Oh well, you know the old saying about Monday Morning quarterbacks.
Another thing to check is if they have a Hope Lodge nearby. They are sponsored by Cancer Society and provide free lodging for cancer patients. My understanding is they are very nice.
One last thing, keep all your receipts for your tax preparer. Mileage, lodging, meals, out of pocket medical expenses, etc.
Oh, my urologist in Erie, told me if I went to Cleveland Clinic for 2nd opinion that I should never come back to him. Much like David.