I too am in Australia, but I’m in Adelaide and have not had any experience with any of any of those Melbourne surgeons.
There are Dr review sites online but there are also cautions about using such sites. The AMA (Australian Medical Association) HATES these review sites but by the same accord some people have a very low rating of the AMA as they are very much about self protection of themselves and their members. But there are such sites available to review. My only suggestion here would be to use such sites as a bit of a gauge rather than a bible. They are merely individual’s opinions. Trying to sort through other people’s experiences and opinions can be VERY difficult and confusing.
I believe that part of the problem with neurosurgery is that no 2 brains are exactly the same and due to this no 2 surgeries will have exactly the same results. Two people can have exactly the same surgery but have vastly differing outcomes. Even in my own situation, having multiple neurosurgeries, none of them have had the same recoveries nor outcome. Also, it really can depend on the surgeon. Some can be excellent with a scalpel but have the human nature/empathy of a house brick (and that’s putting it nicely). So having that balance can be really difficult to define.
I do hope that whatever decision you make the outcome is a positive one for you. One thing that I will say is that recovery from surgery can be a LONG journey. Some people can bounce back almost unaffected BUT for some this is not the case. I would recommend that you take the time you need to recover fully, do not push it, allow your body the time it needs. I didn’t do that and I paid dearly for that. Some say ‘6-8weeks and the body has fully healed’ For a broken bone 6-8 weeks is about right, for a brain injury 6-8 weeks is like the blink of an eye. It can take MUCH longer for a brain to recover. Take the time you need and not a measure of weeks.
Listen to your own body, it will tell you, if you listen. My body told me ‘Laydown or I’ll put you down’ but I didn’t listen. I pushed myself too hard, too soon, trying to get myself back to work and it put me down HARD. Ahhh, don’t do that.
Please if you have further questions, ask. I DO NOT have all of the answers, not at all, but there are many other members here who have been in a very similar situation to your own and we know from our own personal experience just how daunting/scary this whole process can be. Come talk to us.
Merl from the Moderator Support Team